Two roses were on the Communion table in our church on Easter Sunday morning. As I looked at them, my heart was filled with joy.
The red rose signified the birth of little Brian, who had come into the world on Good Friday. And on this particular Sunday we were celebrating the gift of this new life.
The yellow rose represented a new spiritual life. On the previous Wednesday evening, Sandra, a sixth-grader, had trusted Christ as her Savior at the youth group meeting. What made this significant was that she had received a gift distributed by our church at Christmastime to needy families. As a result, Sandra had begun coming regularly to our church. When she heard the gospel that Wednesday, she put her trust in Christ as her Savior and was born again.
As we celebrated Easter that morning, I couldn’t help but think of those two new lives. Not only is the risen Savior the Creator of physical life (Col. 1:16), He is also the Originator of new spiritual life because of His sacrificial death and His triumph over the grave. His resurrection gives meaning to life here and now, and it assures us that someday we will receive a new “spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:44).
Let’s rejoice today in Christ’s resurrection!
The wonder of a newborn child—
It fills the heart with pride and joy;
But Christ arose to give new life
That even death cannot destroy. —DJD
Christ's resurrection is cause for our celebration.