2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)
Last Spring, I planted one lonely bluebonnet. I wanted this unique, Texas-native beauty in my garden and to multiply over the seasons ahead. In order for new ones to have life the next Spring, I knew my one lonely bluebonnet had to die. In the Fall, the seeds popped from their old and shriveled pods. Sure enough the next season, I was so excited to notice new bluebonnets sprouting in our front garden bed. Each of them growing up to bloom just like the first.
As predicted, my one bluebonnet died, and there birthed a patch. The sprouts at first did not look like the fully grown plant. Yet, each one sprouting from the seed sewn by the first.
Jesus is the first to rise imperishable. Just as today’s verse describes, we are new in Christ. We are His spiritual offspring, birthed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus died, we spring up and grow into His likeness.
Do you feel like a saint? Something surprising stands out in the introduction to many letters to the churches in the New Testament (see reference below). Believers are addressed as saints! We know by reading further, these ‘saints’ weren’t perfect. They still had much growing to do. But by their faith in Christ, they were saints. We are too!! The word ‘saint’ means to be holy, set apart unto the Lord.
I think sometimes we forget the spiritual reality that we ARE new in Christ. We can become discouraged by our shortcomings, our daily failures, and consider ourselves the same old sinner. I’m encouraged by the fact that it IS a process. The moment we call upon the Lord, and believe in our hearts, His Spirit enters — sealing us for they of redemption. As we’re called to be like Him, so we grow into His likeness.
John 12:23-24 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
Planting Bluebonnet seeds is not a delicate process. Affectionately called the Bluebonnet stomp at the local school, kids stomp them. Bluebonnets are hearty… kids stomp on them, and they grow! They flourish! We remember this Holy week, leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection of the tremendous battery Jesus received as His life was stomped out. Yet in the words of Crowder, “The cross meant to kill is my victory”
Very interestingly my husband is coincidently studying Diocleation in the 3rd century Roman Empire. This ruler thought he’d stomped out all of Christianity. Christians are like Christ’s bluebonnets, they cannot be stomped out. Much like a gardener preparing for the spring, God knew the effect of His Son dying. He’s joyful and happy to see Christ spring up inside of us.
Dear Jesus, You died that we who believe can become new in You! Continue to grow us until our maturity resembles Your beauty! ~Amen.
All the Saints Praise Him, So Will I”
Believers are Saints:
Romans 1:7, Romans 8:27
1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Corinthians 14:33
2 Corinthians 1:1
Colossians 1:2, Colossians 1:26
Ephesians 1:1, Ephesians 2:19, Ephesians 3:18, Ephesians 5:3, Ephesians 6:18