Tuesday, May 17, 2016
“Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” Ephesians 2:5
Our Heavenly Father is rich in mercy, and His love for us is great. When we were dead in trespasses and sin, He didn’t leave us in that state forever. He sent a Saviour to raise us from the dead.
“Umm…I’ve never been dead before” you may say. Technically, you may never have been physically dead before, but we were all dead in sin until we put our faith in Jesus.
“Dead in sin” is a state of being, a fallen state of existence. You see, God had originally created men and women for a great life – a higher dimension of living. We were designed for intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, and to rule the earth and everything in it as earthly stewards of the heavenly King.
Through the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, mankind fell from that honoured state and experienced a spiritual death and distance from God. And it is God Himself who set things in motion to restore us.
God did something that only He could do. By giving the life of His Son, He made it possible for all who would believe in Him to come alive again.
Ravi Zacharias said it this way, “Jesus did not come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people alive.” In Christ, we come alive! Alive to our full potential, Alive to our purpose! And it’s all because of grace.
If mercy is not getting what we do deserve (punishment of death for our sins); grace is getting what we don’t deserve (the Life of God within us and His divine favour upon us).
When you think of all this that God has done, it really causes you to marvel. We who were dead in sin, are now alive in Christ! Truly God is merciful and gracious. Just look at yourself in the mirror today. You’re living proof.