Daily Easter Devotion Wednesday, April 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Psalm 99; Exodus 12:40-51; 1 Corinthians (15:29) 30-41 and

1 Corinthians (15:29) 30-41 – 35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.

The other day I asked Mackenzie what she’d learned in school. She replied; “the life cycle of a plant.” She went on to explain how you plant the seed, how the seed germinates and breaks the ground and grows to produce a flower or vegetable and then how it dies and returns to the earth.

What I pick up from what Mackenzie shared and the reading from 1 Corinthians is that the seed has life within but it has to die to itself to really have life. All this reminds me of what Jesus shared with his disciples. “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

The song “Hymn of Promise” opens with these words.

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter thereu0092s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In this season of Easter, which lasts until Pentecost, how do you hear this promise that it is dying to life and rising to be in Christ that we will find real life? Now I’m not talking of our physical death, I’m talking about our spiritual death. The seed has to give up itself to become a plant that gives even more life. So it is with us we have to die to find real life.

How do you hear this promise? What do you hear Jesus calling you to die to so you can rise to real life? I’m asking these very questions of myself.

O Jesus, thanks for the promise of new and real life as we die to life as we know it and rise to the life you offer us. Calm our fears and help us abide in you, allowing you to help us grow into the person you created us to be. Amen.

Women here is something to note and celebrate. Jesus first appeared to women and it is they who were sent to tell that Jesus had risen and was alive.

Matthew 28:1-16 – 9Suddenly Jesus met them (Mary Magdalene and the other Mary) and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

May we all celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and seek to tell others the good news.

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