“Look the winter is past and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come and the cooing of turtle doves fill the air.” Song Of songs 2: 11-12.

Winter heralds the birth of spring.

Winter declares that there is a new day. A new day of resurrection, of new life, of a new name.

For without winter there cannot be spring.

And here is the truth of life that new life comes from death. It was out of darkness that light was created. It was out of nothing that the cosmos was created. It was out of the sparkling dust that we were created and it was out of the death of Christ that we were created as new creations.

The cross is the declaration of God that the old has passed and the new has arrived.

The promise of God is that from Christ’s death every promise he made has now been given to us. And we receive all the blessings of God because we have died with Christ and have been raised with him to live his abundant life.

It is now Christ life living and inspiring us to enter into a life that is sourced, strengthen and assured with the power of the Resurrection.