The times are a changin’
It feels like spring has finally come. After weeks of relatively low temperatures, today was in the high 70’s and tomorrow is supposed to hit 80 degrees. This afternoon I took a walk outside on a trail in the woods alongside a lake and this evening I drove around with the windows down. After so many weeks of low temperatures and little sunshine, this spring weather feels sweet indeed.
One of the reasons it feels so sweet is precisely because we have had several long months of winter (and don’t get me wrong, I love winter in moderation) and something new has finally dawned. A decisive change has come in the weather. There will be ups and downs, this weekend will get cold again, but it is once again warm.
Nearly 2,000 years a decisive change in world history took place as the Son of God set his face like flint toward Jerusalem, entered to shouts of Hosanna, shared a meal with twelve scraggly men, was falsely accused, tried, and crucified as the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. There Jesus, the one who upholds the universe by the word of his power, took upon himself the wrath of the triune God for sin, being regarded as sin by his Father, finally dying the death of a criminal, with the earth itself quaking in response. On the third day he rose victorious from the grave, having completed the mission his Father sent him to accomplish. After forty days he ascended into heaven as the King of glory, entering its gates to loud shouts of acclamation.
Today as I feel the warm air of the spring breeze blowing over me it reminds me that Jesus decisively changed history, not just for a season of several months, but forever. He alone had clean hands and a pure heart to make purification for sins so that we could be washed clean and restored to fellowship with our Father.
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Let us all fall down and worship.