Spring is about to spring

Now that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, Downton Abbey has reached its climactic end, Hollywood has thrown itself its congratulatory party, and baseball’s spring training is underway, I guess we’re getting close to spring. The season of rebirth, new beginnings, warmer temperatures, and fresh hope draws near.

Over the next few months, celebrations of all kinds will take place. The greatest occurs when Christians around the world remember that they are Resurrection people.

There will be proms and graduations and weddings – important events in the lives of people who yearn for reasons to rejoice. We need moments when we mark milestones.

One mother of the bride felt it was necessary to add one more touch to the wedding reception. She thought a biblical text affixed to the wedding cake would set the right tone for the bride and groom as they began their new life together. She asked the baker to write out the text of a portion of 1 John 4:18 on the cake. She chose these words; “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

Encouraging. Bold. Hopeful. Right?

Whoops! The baker made a mistake. He thought the text came from John 4:18. He probably should have checked first, but since he was being paid good money …

Here’s what the words were on the cake: “For you have had five husbands, and the one you are with now is not your husband.”

Hopefully, somebody found another can of icing for a quick fix. If not, don’t you wish you had been invited so you could see the fireworks?

It’s because we are imperfect and we stumble and we mess things up, that we need to celebrate. So much goes wrong that it is really nice when things go right.

Think about the week that Jesus spent in Jerusalem. On Sunday, He was being hailed as the coming king. By Thursday, He was being hunted and betrayed. On Friday, He was nailed to a Roman cross. On Saturday, darkness reigned and evil gloated. But on Sunday, sin and death were cowering before an empty tomb and a risen Savior. Celebrate, Spring is about to spring!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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