Let’s take a look at nature. After several inches of lingering snow in Houston, my outdoor plants looked dead or mostly dead. They have suffered severe frostbite. Oh, I covered the plants the best I could with sheets. The sheets became wet, frozen snow catchers. I know God created plants to endure the changes in weather. So, I am waiting to see which plants start greening before I prune off the dead parts. One of my roses already has new foliage. My lavender plant surprised me with new sprouts after seeming to be completely dead!
John 3:17 (TPT) “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!”
When Jesus physically lived on earth, He brought those dead in spirit back to life, just like the dead plants. The gospel of Jesus reveals how what seems like a life past redemption, engulfed in sin, is not. Jesus came to give us life and more abundant life at that! Jesus encountered murderers, prostitutes, adulterers, thugs, and many others whose pasts had followed them. Their spirits were dead. All hope was lost. He gave them absolution and new leases on life. He still does that today. When we repent of wrongdoing and proclaim Jesus as Lord, we receive Him into our hearts. Knowing the history of Jesus’ life on earth (read the Bible book of John) helps us grow more like Him. After all, we are made in His image.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jesus is the only one who brings truth, light, love, life. He is the only One who can repair everything and anything. Will you give him a chance?