Written by Dawn Summers
Edited by Tara Sanders
There’s a plant that grows in my garden called a “Bridal Wreath”. Each spring, I especially long for its arrival. When it’s in full bloom, delicate, snow-white flowers completely cover the plant cascading to the ground much like the beautiful veil of a sweet bride on her wedding day. When it’s not in bloom, it’s a lush green bush that never pales even in the dry summer months. If you were to see this plant in the middle of a Midwest winter, you would probably assume that the snow, ice and frigid temperatures have killed this spring beauty. The bush is frail, barren and colorless from November’s first frost all the way up until the sunny, warmth finally arrives in April. Each year, I look at it and think that it may have seen its last bloom. How can it possibly come back to life when it looks dead and lifeless?
Is this not a tangible picture of the human soul? Romans 3:23 reminds us that “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” Although we like to weigh the severity of our sins against the sins of others, the brutal truth is that our sin is all the same. Our sin leaves us broken, impure and in desperate need of redemption. In a sense, we experience the harsh barrenness of winter amidst the sin in our lives. However, we are not lost causes without hope. Jesus Christ, our Savior, went to the cross so that we might have forgiveness of our sins. His death and resurrection offers us healing from the brokenness of that sin and an opportunity to have a relationship with the God who created us! Furthermore, God promises all believers an eternity spent with Him.
In Isaiah 53:5, we learn “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities and the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Our Heavenly Father found it necessary for your sins and mine to be laid entirely on Christ.
Jesus is part of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) so it’s as if God himself is taking our punishment totally upon Himself! Who does that?!
A God who loves us with such ferocity is the only One who COULD do this for us! Jesus’s sinless-life, death and resurrection provided the remedy we need for our sin-filled lives.
As we see in scripture, God continually brings dead things back to life. Resurrection morning brought about a merciful new season for mankind. When we believe in power of His glorious resurrection, claim it and live a life of restoration, our souls can experience a springtime like no other! Just like my “Bridal Wreath”, our lives can shake off its brokenness and burst into bloom! In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are encouraged, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” Isn’t that the best news ever? I am made new! You are made new! It’s all because of a loving Savior who knew the suffering of the Cross and chose to endure it for us. While the physical season of winter will come and go each year, the bleakness of our souls can forever be replaced by a forever spring!