Being Reborn

Well this months theme has so many verses that I cannot choose just one.  So I am going to just give you my ideas on this without referring to a particular verse.

A couple of weeks ago, during a sermon by Pastor Culler, he remarked that our baptism is being reborn, dead to sin and alive in Jesus Christ; or should I say because of Jesus Christ.  I never really gave it much thought, but now I feel that I am more aware of what being born again means.  I am not talking about being perfect (I am far from that) but more that thanks to a man dying I have eternal life.  Wow, that’s some pretty deep stuff.  I live because he died, our human mind has a hard time understanding this concept, I believe, because few of us would be willing to die for another.

With this precious gift given to us, Jesus death for our rebirth, I feel we need to appreciate our rebirth by praising Him, witnessing about Him and giving Him all the glory for all we do.  When we do that, I feel we are truly reborn in His name and are giving the glory to He who deserves it.

 

 

Always remember

 

God Loves You And So Do I

Michele Edgel

Life after life after life…

 All of us have had the experience of being reborn.  I was thinking about this on Sunday, after hearing a sermon on the life of Joseph (the one in Genesis with the coat of many colors).  Joseph’s life took some drastic turns.  He went from being the favored son of Jacob to slavery; from slavery to imprisonment; from being a prisoner to being the right hand man of the Pharaoh of Egypt! Surely some of those changes must have felt like a kind of death and rebirth.  He “died” to his family.  He “died” to having special status.  He even “died” to being free.  Who could have predicted the final outcome?

 Most of us do not suffer such extreme changes in our life or status.  But we can still identify with Joseph.  Sometimes our life changes in a positive way, a way we have planned.  We may get married, have a child, or receive a promotion that causes us to move across the country.  Other things just happen:  we develop an illness, lose our job, our spouse or child dies.  Each important change causes our way of life to dissolve, and eventually a new life takes its place.  The result is unpredictable.

 In the midst of Joseph’s deaths he never lost faith in God.  He told his brothers:

 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today”.  Genesis 50:20

 He couldn’t foresee what his new birth would be, but he trusted the Lord.  Jesus also trusted His father when he went to the cross.  What looked like a horrible death, became life for us.

 What death is going on in your life?  Do things look hopeless?  Have your plans gone awry?  God is still in control.  Your life is in His hands.

 “…. For those who love God all things work together for good.”  Romans 8:28

Is it a joke?

It’s April Fool’s Day and I just got back from seeing the movie, Risen.  It makes me think about how for over 2000 years people have been saying the Resurrection is just a joke;  an elaborate trick played on gullible people who didn’t want to believe Jesus had died.

Even today some (even some who call themselves Christian) will tell you that Jesus was a wise teacher, a prophet, maybe even a man specially chosen and touched by God.  However, they just can’t bring themselves to believe he was actually raised from the dead.  Maybe Jesus was taken from the cross before he was dead;  maybe his followers stole the body and started a wild rumor;  maybe the entire life of Jesus as reported in the Bible is just a myth, meant to symbolize certain truths, but not really THE TRUTH.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul had to say about that:

“…if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”  1 Cor. 15:14

In other words, everything hinges on the resurrection.  We need to be able to say on Easter morning, and every morning, “He is risen.  He is risen, indeed.”

New Month/New Theme

April will bring out a discussion on rebirth/resurrection. It seems fitting to do this theme since we just celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout the month we will post blogs, hymns and books that feature this category. We hope that you will comment, like or provide thoughtful discussion with us during this time.

Remember, God Loves You And So Do I

Michele Edgel