In our reading, we hear echoes of Easter from one week ago. It’s no coincidence Easter is celebrated in spring, the time of renewal, life after the dead of winter. Farmers in our area are planting their crops. The world celebrates Earth Day, the preservation of our environment.
The gardening “green thumbers” in our church ask me what I’m going to cultivate in my backyard. “We grow old cars,” is my response. The ladies give a quizzical look. Our backyard is a haven for the preservation of vintage vehicles to be restored.
My husband says, “I can’t help it, they come to me for love and protection!” Taking what others consider useless, he cuts out rust, welds, puts in modern parts, to give new birth to a vehicle as a shiny, classic collectible.
That’s what Jesus did at Easter. We need to be rescued from the rust and dents of our sins. We go to Jesus for protection and restoration. In the eyes of the Lord each believing Christian is shiny, classic and very collectible.
Thank you, Jesus, for being the world's Saviour, for restoring us to an "indescribable and glorious joy," rust and dent free! Amen. — G&CW