From the Word
“unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24
Jesus foretold his death and resurrection in many ways, including the death, burial, and new life of seeds. March is the month where we look forward to Winter giving way to Spring. Spring is the season for resurrection. All that was dead and dormant in Winter comes to life in Spring. It is the time of Holy Week, culminating in Easter. All the earth celebrates the resurrection of Jesus in Spring.
Spring is a great opportunity to share our faith. We can invite people to our Holy Week services. We can use the new life from the ground to declare Jesus’ death and burial, then His resurrection. As we see the blossoms sprouting while hunting Easter Eggs, we can affirm for children and parents the wonder of God’s gift of Jesus, who died and rose, and who gives the blossoms of forgiveness, grace and heaven as a result. We may also share these hymn verses (tune “Danny Boy”) to help with the witness of Spring.
When winter’s chill is vanquished with Spring’s sunshine,
I feel the breeze like a returning friend.
The warmth of grace comes with the Word of promise.
Christ died and rose to give life without end.
The earth resounds with hymns of resurrection.
The flow’rs and trees proclaim the risen Lord.
“He lives! He lives!” sings out the earth awaking.
He has confirmed the promises made in his Word!
They asked a sign to prove all of His promises.
He said “I’ll die and come back from the dead.”
He took my sins, His righteousness is on me.
I am relieved from anguish, guilt and dread.
“He is alive!” we shout from hill and mountain,
Now we are justified by Jesus’ grace.
We shall ascend to be with Him forever.
He is alive! We shall behold Him face to face.
So let the breeze of grace give us assurance
That all the promises of God are true.
Baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection,
God has fulfilled His pledge to make us new.
Live in the gift of faith that God has given.
Walk in sufficient grace whate’er may come.
Rise in the confidence that He is with us.
Sleep in the peace that we will live in heaven’s home.