Daily Devotional

April 22, 2019

A Fixer Upper

1 Corinthians 15:21
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.


Written by: Shannon Swenson

The day that Jesus broke out of the tomb was the day that demolished death, sin, and the grave for you and me.

We all fall short of the glory of God, but through Jesus, we have been given the gift of eternal life; a remodel of the old and creation of the new. This miracle of resurrection stands far and above the many other miracles He performed. He not only made a way for us to follow Him on this earth, but He tore down the walls and made a new door for us to walk through into heaven.

We know the tomb was empty. He broke out of the grave, leaving behind evidence that He had been there. Imagine being Mary Magdalene or one of the other women who went to prepare His body for His burial, only to find nothing but a stone rolled away and linen cloths on the floor.

On the television show “Fixer Upper” Chip and Joanna Gaines take an old ugly, worn-down house with good bones and turn it into something more beautiful than the original. The way I see it, when I choose to turn my life over to the will and care of the resurrected Jesus, my life becomes a fixer upper. There are good bones and there are some scars, broken windows, broken promises, and a roof that is collapsing with the weight of sin and failures, but Jesus makes all things new and leaves my life better and more beautiful than it was before Christ, before resurrection, and before demo day.

Before demo day, you and I didn’t stand a chance. Left alone and unattended, not cared for, and leaning the wrong way, our house and life collapse around us. But Jesus demolished that and made a way for you and me. When we follow Jesus, He resurrects and redeems it all. If we are paying attention, we get to experience a little bit of heaven on earth.

He predicted and told people that He was going to go and make a way. He told them that it would be a three-day deal, giving them a preview of what was to come (John 2:19). He resurrected Himself and we celebrate that fact because if He raised Himself, He will one day raise us up too.

19-Devo-4.22Thought of the day: What stories of resurrection and redemption have you experienced in your life since you chose to follow Him?

Prayer: Thank You seems so inadequate, Jesus. Thank You for making a way, for taking it upon Yourself to make a way that I get to see Your face in all its glory. May I live out my faith in You, celebrating what You have done for me and share my story of redemption with others for Your glory. In your name, amen.

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