There have been primroses flowering in the vicarage garden since before Christmas (I’m not entirely sure that they’re wild ones.) More recently they have been joined by catkins, snowdrops and winter aconites, and the local fields are beginning to fill with young lambs. New life is springing up around us, just as I seem to be busier than ever taking funerals, and I’ve found myself repeatedly reading St John’s final vision of heaven in Revelation 21 where he sees everything being made new by God.
Scripture moves from garden, Eden, to the city – the New Jerusalem, from individuals Adam & Eve to communities of those who are in relationship with the Lamb, from concerns of what we should eat to how we live together as a society. St Paul reminds us in his second letter to the church in Corinth, that God’s process of making us new has already begun:
2 Cor 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,* not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.