"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near’ Mark 13.38 NIV.
The end of winter began with the appearance of the Son of God among us as Jesus of Nazareth. Eternal hope and new life was certified when Jesus came from the grave as the firstborn from the dead. The Spring of the new creation came to all when Jesus came into us at Pentecost in the power of Holy Spirit. Winter has ended and spring is here.
When we live in the old covenant under the law and from the law, yet espouse the name of Jesus and seal of the anointing of the Spirit, we are living a half-life instead of the fullness of Christ’s eternal summer. Jesus has never been the means of modifying the old covenant and patching it with ‘god-stuff.’ Jesus as the risen Christ is not a means of aiding us to survive winter with warmer clothes, hot soups and supplies of firewood. He is the end of winter and eternal summer Himself.
Summer in Australia is a time of increasing warmth and often powerful heat. The joy of summer is the freedom of wearing less clothes, of having our skin go brown in the light of the sun and the many visits to lakes and surf to cavort in the cool of the waters. It’s not surprising that people like to lie almost naked in the sun or swim with minimum attire in the balmy waters. There’s a freedom here that indicates life. Similarly in Christ we can live without connivance or smothering religion. We are free of the cold of separation from the Sun of Life and we bask in the presence of God who is with us and in us.
It’s surprising that so few realise that in this age the incarnation is the main thing and our life in the Spirit is its effect. The key fact is not people speaking in tongues or giving words. It is Christ in you - you living in the union with Father that was previously the prerogative of Jesus.
By living in the old covenant we live in the glimmers of spring and in anticipation of the summer to come. We are living in what has passed yet have not ventured into what is already here - the pleasant heat and light in which vegetation flourishes, in which mangos ripen and which water-melons give out their joy. We live joyfully in the early rising of the sun and join the parade on the esplanade in the long twilight and the balmy evening air.
This is your new covenant life in the Spirit of Christ and the indwelling of God. Winter has passed. Summer has come. And you are alive forever in His life!
My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me” Song 2.11-13.