Christ, The Church, The Eternal Purpose

The Times, They Are a Changin’

Seasons are a part of nature and life.  Spring, summer, autumn, and winter.  Blooming and withering, feasting and hibernating, planting and harvesting; each season has different characteristics and purposes.  And just as nature moves regularly through seasons, so does our walk with the Lord.

The church group that I’m part of has been sharing together about how we see the life of Jesus and how He works through us in seasons.

We can look at varying lengths of time in seasons.  A week can have seasons, as can a month, a year, a decade, a century, and a millennium.

I want to zoom out even further and look at the seasons of ages.

We could say that creation started in a season of summer.  Life in the earth was perfect and abundant.  But, along came a “fall”, which progressed into a long winter season.

We can see the crucifying of Jesus as a final winter storm, but this leads us into the beginning of something new, something beautiful.

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives.  (John 12:24)

In death, Jesus became the seed of a new (3rd) race.

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  (Romans 8:29)

Christ’s coming into the world was the planting of this new seed, and marked the gradual passing of winter into spring.

From that time, and even now, as the body of Christ grows and expands, this new spring season in the earth grows.

Point: The ekklesia, the life of Jesus flowing through His body, is the earth’s true spring season.

The future reality of God’s kingdom, the future fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose, the coming reign of Jesus Christ, is being experienced and expressed now in seed form.  Through the ekklesia, God is giving us a foretaste of what is to come – a new people gathered together to live by the life of Jesus to be the family, bride, body, and dwelling of God.

(Ekklesia is the Greek word in the New Testament often translated “church”.  When I talk about the ekklesia, I’m not talking about most churches today that are founded more on man’s traditions than the life of Christ in and being expressed through all of the saints.)

Of course, there is work to do in the spring.  Spring is when the ground is tilled and the seeds are planted.  Once the seeds are planted, the gardens are carefully watched as they grow up through the ground and towards the sun (Son).  The Gardener waters, straightens, and weeds around the plants as they grow.

Spring is a season of thankfulness for surviving the winter, and a season of expectancy as the preparations for summer begin.

And what will summer be like?

Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon.”  (Revelation 22:1-6)

Take heart, brothers and sisters, summer is coming.  Aslan (Jesus) is on the move!

Follow the Life!

Discussion: How do you see Jesus in and/or working through seasons?

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1 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kelly
    June 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Excellent conceptualization! I appreciate including the idea of the 3rd race into the essay. This was the reminder I needed to keep my focus on kingdom prayer! Looking forward to summer 🙂

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