Isn’t it inter­est­ing how, over the course of years, one lit­tle date on the cal­en­dar can take on great import?

Today is April 21, a day that has come to sig­ni­fy life to me. First of all, it was my grandmother’s birth­day, so even when I was a small child I asso­ci­at­ed this day with the cel­e­bra­tion of a life. Then, when I was 10 years old, I was bap­tized on this day. My grand­moth­er was with us at church that Sun­day, and I remem­ber how proud she was that I was being bap­tized on her birth­day. And I par­tic­u­lar­ly remem­ber the voice of the min­is­ter as he read from Romans 6 in his King James Ver­sion Bible: Know ye not, that so many of us as were bap­tized into Jesus Christ were bap­tized into his death? There­fore we are buried with him by bap­tism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glo­ry of the Father, even so we also should walk in new­ness of life.” On that spring Sun­day morn­ing, walk­ing in new­ness of life sound­ed like the great­est thing ever, full of noth­ing but possibility. 

Many years lat­er, anoth­er April 21 held more life-sig­nif­i­cance to me. April 21, 2008 fell on a Mon­day, and on that day my 14-year-old son had to under­go major open-heart surgery. I don’t sup­pose I’ll ever for­get how I felt when the surgeon’s assis­tant told his dad and me that the inci­sion had been made and our son had been placed on the heart-lung bypass machine — or how I felt when they told us lat­er that he he’d been tak­en off the bypass machine and his heart was again beat­ing on its own. On that April 21, the idea of new­ness of life sound­ed bet­ter than ever. 

Here we are again on April 21, this year just a few days into East­er­tide. As we cel­e­brate the Res­ur­rec­tion of Jesus Christ, we cel­e­brate the life that is avail­able to every­one who trusts and obeys Him. We draw our life from Him. I am come that they may have life, and have it abun­dant­ly,” Jesus says of Him­self in John 10

That abun­dant life is what Jesus describes to Nicode­mus in John 3. Dal­las Willard writes, Jesus was try­ing to con­vey to Nicode­mus how God’s Spir­it works — how the Spir­it comes and moves in the life of an indi­vid­ual. Peo­ple see the results but they can’t see what caus­es the results. This is abun­dant life in its fullest sense: life lived from hid­den sources that come into the soul from God and His king­dom. Such abun­dant life is pos­si­ble no mat­ter where you are or what you hap­pen to be doing.”1

For the dis­ci­ple of Jesus, every day has life-sig­nif­i­cance. No mat­ter where we are or what we hap­pen to be doing, every day offers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to rejoice in the abun­dant life made avail­able to us. 

I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name for­ev­er and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name for­ev­er and ever (Psalm 145:1 – 2).

1http://​www​.dwillard​.org/​a​rticl…

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