Today is the first day of Spring.
I’m reminded of newness. Spring time is a season of new life. God is actively involved in making all things new – in our lives, our churches, our societies, our cultures. He is present, and active.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Ro. 8:11).
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3)
3 “We always thank God,f the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the loveg you have for all God’s peopleh—5 the faith and love that spring from the hopei stored up for you in heavenj and about which you have already heard in the true messagek of the gospel 6 that has come to you.” (Col. 1:3-5)
This last one pretty much sums up what I’ve been ruminating on recently. The recipients of this letter had a faith in Christ and a love for people that was not out of a sense of “obeying the rules of Christianity” but it was a character that springs from a sense of “hope.” Now, when Paul says that it is stored up in heaven, he does not mean that they have to get to heaven to receive it, but as he just said, the future reality springs to the present, effecting today’s reality.
What a great way to start the letter to the Colossians.