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 into the water. Less than 24 hours after they are born, goslings will be led to water by their parents to learn how to swim. They can dive 30 feet underwater by the time they are one day old – amazing little creatures – it is heartwarming to see new life emerge in the months of spring.
Spring is the season of birth and abundance, a time of planting and trusting that God’s resources won’t run out – and neither will His grace. There is no offense significant enough to turn off His grace. Like a river, His energies stream into one direction: to encourage, save and preserve life. God, the life-giver, is forever opposed to death.
When the Trinity split and Jesus became a human being God’s salvation plan was revealed to the world. The Son of God 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, friends and foes. And when Jesus died on the cross, it mattered. His bloodshed on the cross has the power to redeem all of creation from the spell of death. On that note the apostle Paul wrote in one of his letters to the Romans [Romans 8:21]:
“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; although His redemption is an offer we can refuse. God gave us free will and the choice to embrace Him is ours. It is His sincerest wish that we turn from death and choose eternal life.
[*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.]