Ephesians 1:7: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

Canadian Geese breed in the Northern sections of the United States. We have geese year-round in Arizona. In Springtime I like to watch them guiding their offspring to the water. Less than 24 hours after they are born, goslings will be lead to water by their parents to learn how to swim. They will be able to dive 30 feet underwater by the time they are 1 day old – amazing little creatures – it is heartwarming to see new life emerge in the months of spring.

Spring is the season of sprouting optimism and hope; it is the season of sowing and trusting that God’s resources will not run out. We can rely on God’s grace to do the same. There is no insult so offensive that would turn His grace off. Like a river, His energies are streaming into one direction: to encourage, to save and to preserve life. God, the life-giver, is forever opposed to death.

God’s salvation plan was realized when the Trinity split and Jesus became a human being. Jesus did not just fall from the skies to save us; He was born a baby and grew up to become part of our human network. He had a family name and relatives. He had friends and foes. When Jesus died on the cross His lifeblood redeemed all of creation. On that note the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans (Romans 8:19-21):

“In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!”*

In the world to come there will be no more death. All of creation is presently waiting for the day of the Lord when life is completely restored. His redemption is an offer we can refuse. God gave us free will, and the choice to embrace Him is ours. Choosing life and leaving behind death is God’s sincerest wish for everybody.

(*Quoting from The New Testament in Modern English by J.B Phillips copyright © 1960, 1972 J. B. Phillips. Administered by The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Used by Permission.)

“Choose life, so that you and your children may live”
Deuteronomy 30:19

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