Life After: Staying Green

Thursday, April 17, 2014 Posted by Lezlie Winberry

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“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Rom 4:25)

            Two birthdays.
            Some of us want to forget the original one as we get older. Not me. The more birthdays I celebrate, the closer I get to going home to heaven in order to reap the true celebration of my second birthday: eternity.
            Jesus provided the second one for us—not when He died on the cross, but when He rose from the grave. But death had to come first. While we are born into this life, death immediately begins. It’s in dying that eternal life exist.
            I love that it was green palm leaves laid down for the arrival of the king. Palm trees are one of those plants that stay green year round. Like a snake that sheds it’s skin in order to grow, we shed the “old man” (sin nature) in order to grow in Christ. The challenge is to stay “green” all year round. I believe we can cultivate our green-growth through the daily digesting of God’s word.
            “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom. 6:4)

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