If we identify with the death of Jesus and realize that He died for us and not Himself, then we are led to an entirely new understanding of life – the resurrected life. The resurrected life is a new creation. It might be similar in some ways to the old creation but it is entirely new in terms of the possibilities that lay before us. Jesus explains this in these parable:
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)
Some of us are in despair about the events of today. We are looking at the old creation. Are we looking at the new creation? It starts small in our lives, if we identify that the old has passed away by way of the cross. It starts small in the world around us. But it has started and it is growing. One day the harvest will come. Will we be in the harvest?
Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” ((Mark 4:26-29)
Something is happening in America before our eyes. Do we see it. America is part of God’s harvest field. Weeds have grown up to be sure, but new life is also springing up. This is part of the new creation. This is God’s answer to many prayers. This is the beginning God’s revival. We need to open our eyes and see. And we need to double our efforts in intercessory prayer.