Victory

bouquet of pink tulips in a crystal vase

Tulips are one my favourite flowers, not just because they are so fluid and delicate, but because they come at a time of year when I am most starved for the beauty of flowers. You can buy flowers all year round, of course, but there is something so special at this time of year, when Winter seems to stretch on forever with no end in sight, that you walk into the store and find masses of tulips for sale. Their vibrant colours- myriad shades of pinks, oranges, yellows and reds- remind me that Winter is not forever. And likewise, at this time of year when Easter arrives early on the calendar, they remind me that Death is not forever.

I have been reading Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book Incomparable and in the reading for Good Friday, she writes:

Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)

“Yet His dying words assure us our spirits will follow Him safely into God’s presence, where we will live with Him and with our Father forever. He died with resurrection- both His and ours- already in His eyes. . . For us who have trusted Christ for salvation, who have committed our souls into His hands, the fear of death can be overcome by the anticipation of spending eternity in His presence.”

This weekend I remember that Jesus claimed victory over death- and he still does over 2000 years later. I rejoice with the saints:

“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

I pray that this season you will remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and that you will accept the gift of salvation he offers to all that come to him.

Happy Resurrection weekend! He is Risen indeed!