"Death is the Gate to Life"
Part 5 "Blazing Bushes"
Planted along the roadside all the way up from San Bernardino to Big Bear Lake are (or at least were!) hundreds of Gorse Bushes. They have huge and ugly thorns. The whole year round the thorn has been hardening and sharpening.
Lilias Trotter has painted these desert beauties and you will find a copy in her "Parables of the Cross."
Spring comes, BUT the thorn does not drop off, and it does not soften; there it is, as uncompromising as ever; but half-way up appear two brown furry balls, mere specks at first, that break at last -- straight out of last year's thorn -- into a blaze of fragrant golden glory!
Take the very hardest thing in your life -- THE place of difficulty, outward or inward, and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom! This is a holy place where God speaks to us out of the circumstances into a blaze of glory, if we let Him.
"He loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
We receive the atonement, and go out into life not only forgiven, but clean!
"Christ has suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God!" I Peter 3:18
"Though I make my bed in hell, THOU art there!" Psa. 139:8
"If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever would save his life would lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." Luke 9:23, 24.
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory!" I Cor. 2:7,8
"Death is the gateway of life." Death is the only way out of any world in which we are!
"Without a true death, there can be no resurrection!"