Release: To Die Is Gain

Good morning!

Pastor Matt here. I've been stuck recently on a song my wife Kami showed me, called “Burial”. Check out some of these lyrics:

“To die is gain
No resurrection comes without a grave
The sun descends before another day
The path You have for me
It is the same
It is the same
God I'm letting go
Of everything that's fading
Trading in the old
I'm a new creation
It's no longer I who live but Christ
Open up my eyes
There's a miracle after the burial
There's a miracle after the burial

Before my wife showed me this song God was already speaking to me about how the cycles of new life work. God has placed many laws into creation, and these laws apply to both the physical world and the spiritual world.

One of these laws is how life is endlessly recycled into new life. In chapter three of Genesis, God said to Adam that he was made from the dust of the ground, and one day to the dust he will return. This is not unlike how when fruit or leaves fall off a tree, they die and break down and get eaten up by the ground to feed the very soil that feeds the tree so it can grow new fruit and leaves in the spring. Or like how water is absorbed by plants and then evaporated in different ways back into the atmosphere, which becomes clouds that rain that water back onto the Earth. God has designed all of this, and like the song says - the path He has for me, it is the same.

God knew that for you and me to be able to live and dwell in the Spirit with Him, that something or someone had to die to allow that new life to come; for us to be reborn. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 shines a light on this: 

“… Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

Did you know that WE are part of the miracle after the burial? Our resurrection is what God was hoping for when He died the death that He knew was required. So let us release, let go, and throw off the old, so that we can embrace, grab hold, and step into the new. God is preparing to do a new thing in our church and in us individually - so let’s clear out space and make room for Him.

Here is the song I mentioned above, Burial (click to listen) by Mitch Wong.

Remember, the church auditorium is open from 7am-7pm every day this week if you want to come pray, take communion, or spend time at the cross.

Have a wonderful day,
Ps Matt

Here is a worship playlist for this week:
Spotify playlist
Apple playlist

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