“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-6
Christian, stop and consider this amazing reality. You were at one point spiritually dead. Your death brought with it an impending sentence of everlasting hell and separation from Jesus. Death is a cold, waxy, odiously horrible sight that we often don’t think about.
One night at work I received a call to go to a house and check on someone’s well being. Family members had not heard from this person in some time and they were concerned that something may be wrong. When I got to the house with my partner we found the person’s cars in the driveway. We could see through a window into the kitchen and saw this person’s shoes on the floor and coat hanging on a chair. We pounded on the door without a response.
Thinking the worst, we kicked the door in, and as I stepped through the threshold I looked down the hallway. I could see two feet on the floor; toes pointing straight up. As I walked down the hallway and around the corner I was immediately faced with a cold, gray picture of death. Laying on the floor was the person we were looking for. The body was cold. The skin was gray. Hair was matted to the mouth. As I reached down and touched the shoulder the person’s eyelids started to move!
Life saving efforts were started and the person was rushed to the hospital. What looked like certain death turned into a wonderful story of us being able to save a life. That is a picture of what our souls were like before the gospel. We were dead in our trespasses. Your cold, gray, dead soul was made alive by the work of Christ.
Just as this person had no ability to rescue their own body from the icy grip of death, you had no ability to rescue your soul from the precipice of hell. Jesus raised you from that place and now in some mysterious way we are seated with him in the heavenly places. You were dead but are now alive.
We all come with problems and hardships that we are experiencing in life right now. Consider that you’re biggest problem, the death of your soul, is fixed by the completed work of Christ on the cross. What great love is this? There is nothing greater.