Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Last weekend, I picked up some old chairs on a curb that were going to be discarded. The chairs were old and the paint had faded, but I thought they’d be a great addition to an old dining room table I had at home that we needed chairs for. As Jeff and I loaded the chairs into the car, we realized they were much heavier than we had expected, which also led us to believe that despite being discarded, these chairs would be far more valuable (at least for our use) than we expected, especially if we took the time to refinish them and give them a new life in our home.
As I was scrolling Instagram this morning, I came across a post from a carpenter, @titowilsondesigns, building a table out of reclaimed wood. In his comments, he described the process of reclamation as taking something that was destined to be lost and forgotten and repurposing it for your own use. He went on to say that by dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus Christ also reclaimed us.
Just like those old chairs, we were destined to be trash, discarded as worthless and unfit for service in God’s home. However, Jesus Christ saw us as being worth far more than what we appeared to be worth on the outside.
By dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and being resurrected early that Sunday morning, Jesus Christ reclaimed us, refinished us, and repurposed us for the glory of God. Now, we’re a great addition to The Kingdom of God, His home. Furthermore, Christ reclaimed the idea of the cross being a tool for death to defeat us, and forever made it a symbol of His power over death and a way for all of those who believe in Him to have everlasting life in Him. Talk about reclaimed wood!
What a blessing it is to be reclaimed and repurposed!
This is the strangest Easter Sunday I’ve ever experienced. I can’t recall a time I’ve ever spent Easter Sunday not seated in a pew surrounded by family and friends, so I wasn’t sure how COVID-19 was going to affect this year’s Easter celebration. Then, I remembered something I’ve seen circulating on social media the past few weeks: The church isn’t a building; WE ARE THE CHURCH! Since Friday, I’ve seen my friends and family carry on their Easter traditions, while maintaining as much social distance as possible of course, and not failing to share their joy and excitement surrounding one of the most important Christian holidays! I am so blessed to be able to share this special occasion with the body of believers and with each of you. So, as you celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, remember: the church building may be empty, but so is the tomb!
Happy Resurrection Sunday