A Time for Birds to Sing: An Easter Message
Song of Solomon 2:11-12; Matthew 28
Welcome to three or four or five services this morning. We're delighted that you are here and I invite you now to open your Bibles to the Song of Solomon, chapter number two, and then we'll flip over to Matthew 28; Song of Solomon, chapter two: verse 11 and 12 as we bow for prayer together.
Father, always there's the feeling of inadequacy when we seek to say a word for Thee. But somehow on Easter morn, the words are not there, the adjectives, the language, has never been given that will enable us to express to Thee this event or even to express to others the meaning of this event we call Easter. Lord, I pray right now that You will speak to all of our hearts in all of our lives and in this service may everyone here see indeed anew and afresh our resurrected Lord. For we pray in His name, the name of our living Christ and Savior, this same Jesus. Amen.
It was in the Spring of the year that it happened. The writer of the Song of Solomon describes the season with these words: 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come ...
''The time of the singing of birds is come,'' to me, that's such a provocative phrase. We all know that birds do not sing all of the time.
They do not sing at night. They do not sing in the middle of a storm.
They do not sing when the rain is pouring down. There are times in which the birds do not sing. But the birds do sing when the dawn appears, when the sun comes up in the morning. The birds do sing when the storm comes to a halt and the rain stops. This is a time for the birds to sing.
Now, we know that Good Friday was that moment when Jesus died on the cross. There's nothing good at that moment about Good Friday. We named it Good Friday only in retrospect. Everything was black and forbidding.
The promised Messiah, the one in whom so many fol ...
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