Spring is here. The blossom is on the trees. Buds will soon turn into leaves. Life is springing up all around. But what does it all mean? Is there any meaning in it or is it just an abstract irrelevancy?
Having gone through the death and decay of autumn, and the baron wilderness of winter, in spring we begin to see the hope of new life. But let us, for a moment, consider what the source of that hope is. In terms of the created order, it is the sun that brings life. In autumn, the sun moves away and in winter moves even further away still. But in spring the sun returns, bringing with it new life. Irrelevant? No! The created sun proclaims to us Jesus Christ, the Son. Is it just coincidence that the created sun, that is there to proclaim the Son to us, is the life-giver and life-sustainer? Jesus is the ‘Sun of Righteousness’ (Mal. 4:2).
In autumn we see death and decay. In winter we are left in the wilderness. In spring we witness new life. In summer we enjoy that life. In the depths of winter despair, spring procalims to us something of great significance: Death is not the end – there will be resurrection life.
But what else apart from the sun is required for life? Water! By the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to us ‘like the spring rains that water the earth’ (Hos. 6:3). He is the ultimate source of life-giving water who commands us to ‘come to the waters’ (Isaiah 55:1). He says: ‘Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst’ (John 4:14).
The resurrection of spring also proclaims to us something very important. We must die to ourselves in order to find new life in Christ (John 12:24-26; Rom 5:12-21). Our old selves must experience autumn and winter in order to enjoy the abundant blessings of spring and summer. After all, ‘I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds’ (John 12:24).
So when the spring rains come and the sun shines we can be joyfully reminded that our end is not found in death; there is resurrection life found in Jesus. It is written into creation and proclaimed to us by the four seasons.
See also: Autumn declares the need for a Saviour