The last time it ran was about 15 years ago, and it was in desperate need of repair. So, many years ago, Dad started to take our 1941 John Deere tractor apart, to refurbish it. But he had not been able to complete the restoration. So, last August, we brought it from Ohio to North Carolina and began the restoration process. Several people spent many hours working on it. Now it looks like a new tractor. In fact, I think this 76-year-old tractor is better than new, and should last well beyond my lifetime!
It has been restored to a condition that many of us thought could never happen. It was so far gone, that some didn’t believe it could be restored. How could anything so far gone, possibly be resurrected?
Sometimes we may feel that our lives are like that broken tractor. We may feel so old, so worn, rusted, or unworthy, that nothing could possibly restore us. But Scripture tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
As Easter approaches, let us remember all that God does for us, through Jesus. And let us celebrate the joy of the resurrection that we are promised, knowing that Jesus takes all of our dirt, our rust, and our greasy sins upon Himself. He died on the cross, and rose on Easter, so that we might be made whole, made new, made clean—resurrected—to live eternally with our Father, who is in heaven.
There are resurrection stories all around us. Open our eyes that we may see…and believe.