March officially welcomes Spring while April applauds it with life giving rain and sunshine. For the believer, this almost immediately reminds us that Easter is near. For just as the grass sprouts so did Christ raise from the dead, and in His resurrection we have new life! There will never be a more significant death… for there has never been another eternal resurrection.
And yet, against this season that yields such a beautiful truth, we have Trayvon. Yesterday, March 29th, over one thousand Minnesotans gathered at the University of Minnesota campus to honor Trayvon Martin, and stand against the Florida law that is protecting his killer.
Metro high school students from the inner city to the inner ring suburbs have shown their grieving and frustration over the past couple weeks by wearing their hoodies up in memory of Trayvon. CNN is giving daily newsflash updates on the legal case, while Twitter and Facebook statuses are cluttered with the people’s outrage. A life taken. Gone. With no reason.
Death and life. There are no other two words so opposite and yet so integrated, so outrageously sad and yet so joyful. It seems fitting that God would be the only One able to make those two great enemies lie together in perfect matrimony. To turn the way of the enemy—death, into the means by which His greatest glory is displayed—eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son. That whosoever believes on Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
In doing so, God conquered death. Yes, through the past tense of the cross, but that act is presently real, and working and moving now in our souls. Our bodies are perishing under the Mary Kay and Rogaine, but our souls are on the up-and-up growing strong in faith, hope and love. Preparing for unnumbered days where there will be no weeping, no mourning.
Christianity is the only hope amid Trayvon’s story this Spring. All other hope is temporary alleviation, like aspirin to an infinite pounding headache.