“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Ephesians 2:1
In order that we might fully appreciate who we now are in Christ, Paul bluntly describes how terrible the situation was we used to be in. Oftentimes I feel we lose the full gravity of what Christ accomplished for us. Perhaps we think we used to be bad people and Jesus made us better, or we were struggling and Jesus came along and helped us. Even some of the metaphors we use in many of our worship songs seem to be insufficient. Although I adore the song “Amazing Grace” and would never disagree with the lyrics, I feel famous phrases like “I once was lost but now am found” or “T’was blind but now I see” don’t quite get across exactly what Jesus did for us.
Paul simply declares in the verse above that we were dead and He made us alive. The best way to understand our previous situation is to consider the story of Lazarus. Lazarus was completely dead. There was no hope of him saving himself. There was no good work he could do. There was no choice he could make. Despite all of that, Jesus came along and called him out of the grave, and he was able to respond because Jesus gave him ears to hear, strength to walk and breath to live. As amazing as that story is and as hard as it is to imagine, Paul is telling us here that what Jesus did for Lazarus physically, he has done for us spiritually. Jesus hasn’t merely forgiven us, He has given us new life, not because we earned it, but because of His great love for us. This truth is cause for us to be eternally humble and grateful.
Join us on Sunday as we open Ephesians 2:1-10 where Paul will beautifully describe every Christian’s transformation from “Death to Life”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!