Summer Daily Devotional - John 20
The Ultimate Makeover
People love makeovers. Not just any makeovers. Extreme makeovers. The more extreme, in fact, the better.
Because extreme makeovers tell rich stories.
The more dilapidated the shack, the more beautiful the home’s conversion. The rustier the heap, the more incredible the car’s renovation. The more wrecked a person’s life, the more magnificent their transformation.
It’s rags to riches. It’s loser to victor.
As Christians, there isn’t any “makeover” so rich, so transformative, so revolutionary, so life-changing as the resurrection of Jesus.
The Son of God was put to death for our sins only to be raised to life to the glory of God the Father (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
Death to life. The ultimate makeover.
And this leads us to the very purpose of John’s Gospel. The very reason he wrote, by the Holy Spirit’s power, this book of the Bible.
All of the miracles, including Jesus’ resurrection, were “…written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (v. 31).
There it is.
Everything was written so that you and I would believe because belief in Jesus leads to life in Jesus because Jesus is alive!
John highlights this reality for us by telling an unflattering story of a man named Thomas.
Thomas was one of Jesus’ apostles. As an apostle, Thomas saw Jesus’ miracles, heard His sermons, watched Him fulfill prophecy, lived life with Him.
And even though Thomas’ closest friends, the other disciples, were yelling at him, “We have seen the Lord,” Thomas didn’t believe them. He said: 'Nah, I’ll believe it when I see it' (v. 25).
He was skeptical and frustrated. That is, until he was confronted with the resurrected Jesus, who was and is very much alive (v. 28).
“Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (v.29).
Unfortunately for Thomas, Jesus rebuked his lack of faith. But don’t miss the great encouragement Jesus has for you and me. It is faith that gives us the spiritual eyes to see Jesus for who He is. It is faith that allows you and I to peer into the spiritual reality that we cannot physically see right now (Heb. 11:1).
As one pastor said in reflecting upon Jesus’ words: “It is faith-sight, not eyesight, that results in eternal life.”
The glorious truth is that one day all those in Jesus will experience the ultimate makeover. Death to life. Resurrection.
And on that day, our “faith-sight” will perfectly align with our eyesight and we will see Jesus face to face for the very first time.
Oh, what a glorious day that will be.