2Corinthians5-17bThis means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Corinthians 5:17A new life, the old life is gone.  A ‘do-over’.  Turning the page of life to a new story.  Nothing like writing on a clean page that doesn’t include erasures, smudges and blots.  This is what a new life in Jesus is all about.  All our sins are washed away, and each day, with forgiveness, they are washed away again.  The freedom of the burden of a heavy sin-laden heart can only come through Jesus.Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day — just as we will be raised from the dead.  Though He was without sin, can you imagine his anticipation and joy in being again with His Father, sitting on His Father’s right hand?  His Joy becomes our Joy when we are united with Jesus through baptism.  We look forward to walking in newness of life.  After death we are assured of the resurrection to live eternally.  This Hope and Joy begins with our baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and continues through our new life on earth. For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.  Romans 6:4. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” John 11:25-26Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.  Our directions are clear to gain eternal life.  Hanging on to Jesus with utmost faith and joy.  Living in expectation of what is to come…that is my Hope!Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.  And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7