And, more importantly, it is a time to be reminded of God’s love to us— the giving of his “only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16 (KJV).
The focus in Chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is Christ and the cross. Paul told them they could not have it both ways. Either you believe in Christ, his death and resurrection, or you don’t.
The simple truth Paul was trying to impart was, you can’t be saved by keeping the law, but neither do you accept Christ and stay a sinner. When the Son of God died on the cross, it was to make a difference in people’s lives.
The law could not change lives, because it could not change the heart. But Christ changes the heart and makes man a new creature. It is a transformation wrought by the power of the risen Christ.
Matthew records in Matthew 12:40 that when the scribes and Pharisees asked for a sign, Jesus told them there would be no sign given to their “evil and adulterous generation” except the sign of the prophet Jonah. “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Christ didn’t have to prove himself — he was the proof. Jesus reminded them of the people of Ninevah. Jonah preached to them and they repented. A few sentences preached in the streets and a whole city was brought to repentance. “They will condemn you in the judgment,” Jesus said — “A greater than Jonas is here.”
This was also true with the priests, scribes and elders described in the Gospel of Mark. They would believe almost anything about Christ except that he was the Son of God — that he was the promised one. They refused the evidence of truth concerning Jesus. Sure, they knew of his miracles — they had witnessed his healing. But now, they questioned his identity (Mark 11:27-33 KJV).
Sign seekers still push away the convincing evidence of Christ. Some want to bargain — “If God will do such and such ... then ...” And some want to put him to the test — “If God really loves me, why ...?” “Why doesn’t he give me a sign?”
There is no greater sign than his death, burial and resurrection. How presumptuous for anyone to ask for more.
There is a special feeling about the arrival of spring and the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is like our Heavenly Father saying, “Wake up, look around and be reminded of my love for you.”
This is expressed in the children’s chorus: “Jesus loves me, this I know; For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. We are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me; yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.”
We should experience springtime in our hearts throughout every season. In Isaiah 41:10, we read: “Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yes, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
This knowledge keeps “springtime in my heart.”