This is the time of year where I have to exert the most self-control—Easter candy is my weakness. Somehow the combination of pure sugar (jelly beans) and melt-in-your-mouth-chocolate (Hershey’s Eggs) just does me in.
I love the candy, but I also love the holiday. Furry and chocolate bunnies (hopefully not the same) aside, Easter signifies a season of hope and renewal. It comes a few days or a few weeks after the first day of spring, which naturally speaks of rebirth, new growth, and life. Just like the resurrection of Christ. The death of Jesus on the cross reflects many hefty themes, such as triumph over sin, God’s love for his people, and the significance of the empty tomb, but the one theme that speaks most to me this Easter season is:
A New Beginning
For it is with the death of Christ that all of humankind was given a chance for a new beginning in a relationship with God.
Why are new beginnings important to me? Because we all need them. They signify a second chance, a fresh start, a life to be lived in the full. God is our second chance. It is through a relationship with Him that we will find the perspective and strength for the new day.
What do you want to begin anew in your life?
A renewed committment to your marriage? A new beginning in your faith? A new life breathed into your career? A renewed spirit during a time of long-suffering? A new hope and effort toward healing a strained relationship? A new beginning for something that ended in a difficult way?
Our God is a God of second chances, because He is always pursuing us, hoping we will take Him up on His offer for a new beginning.
Easter symbolizes a new beginning for me, a reminder again of what I know:
that daily I will fail but I am forgiven,
that yearly I will see God’s plan play out in my life,
and for eternity I will walk with Him in paradise.
In his final moments of life, Jesus surrendered himself for our sin, paying the price so that we have a clean slate before God, if we choose to accept this gift of his son, the gift of a new life.
Will you celebrate this Sunday new beginnings with me?
…And then begin a new diet with me after my Easter candy epic splurge?