In one sense that is what Easter is all about – reuse, recycle, repurpose – right?
I would guess that like me, you have noticed those art pieces around the countryside while you have been driving someplace. Someone takes some old piece of farm equipment and turns it into a flag or dinosaur or something like that. A few pieces of scrap metal are welded together and then attached to other things to make something entirely new. It could have remained a pile of junk but in the hands of that artist it became materials for a masterpiece.
This week, Holy Week, we will find ourselves focused on someone like that, an artist who makes masterpieces out of “broken stuff.” Good Friday is a day God took something that seemed broken and damaged, useless and hopeless, and turned it into a masterpiece. On what we now call Good Friday, God watched a world out of control ready to throw away the very gift God had given to them, a savior. The people yelled for Jesus’ death, “Crucify Him. Crucify Him.” They no longer saw him as the great teacher, healer and leader. They just wanted to get rid of him like a pile of scrap metal or an old piece of equipment.
As you go through this Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter, I encourage you to think of the three crosses on the hill we call Calvary. Remember that it was sin that killed Jesus that day. The sin of those who were present, but also yours and mine. Jesus suffered a horrible and cruel death. It was real pain, real blood, real thorns, and a real spear. It was real nails that pierced his hands and real tears that flowed down his cheeks.
But God took an ugly and tragic death, something so broken and useless that there seemed to be no hope, and made it “good.” Let me tell you that God is still doing that today. God is taking people’s broken lives and remaking them into something good. In fact you and I have people all around us that are waiting, hoping for God to do just that. There are many people looking to reconnect with God, looking for forgiveness, looking for a fresh start, looking for a church home. Easter is a perfect time to invite someone to worship.