Old John Deere Tractors, My Father-in-law, and Resurrection

I took this pic awhile back at my in-laws house. Because of all this Corona stuff, we missed Easter lunch with Casey’s fam, for the first time ever, I guess.

Anyway, do y’all know what you’re looking at in this picture? It’s a 1942(or 43?) Model H John Deere tractor. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know, I had no idea either. This tractor is one of several that my father-in-law owns. Don’t ask him how many tractors he has because he probably can’t tell you, and even if he could, he probably wouldn’t for fear you might tell my mother-in-law! Haha. He takes old John Deere’s like this and restores them, makes them run like a song, and shine like a new dime—if dimes were John Deere Green, of course. Now, you and I might look at this picture and see a rusty old unsalvageable piece of junk. But not my father-in-law, he sees them for what he knows they CAN BE. For the shiny restored tractors, he can tell you exactly what had to be done to make them work again. For the unrestored, rusty ones, he can tell you exactly what they need to make them run like new again. The difference between him and most of us? He has the knowhow, ability, and vision for this old, dead “junk” to be resurrected, that we don’t have.

Y’all see where I’m going with this? A person’s life may look like a wrecked pile of junk, until someone comes along with the right know-how, ability, and vision for resurrection for that person’s life. Jesus Christ is the only man for the job! The Son of God knows, firsthand about going from death to life. By his perfect life, his finished work on the cross, the power to overcome the grave, Jesus can bring resurrection power to our life today and assurance of eternal life in the future.

One more thing—you and I can’t fix ourselves anymore than this old tractor can fix itself. Ephesians 2:4-5 says:

God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved.

Is that your story, friend? Do you know about the grace of God found in Christ Jesus that finds us right where we are, ugly mess and all, and saves by faith and trust in Him, and brings resurrection power to your life? Believing in and following Jesus Christ may seem crazy to the world, but it is a decision that you will never regret!

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