Saturday, April 11, 2009

Where Would You Be?

Have you thought about where you would be this Sunday if Good Friday did not happen? Maybe you would be a businesswoman in a corner office, but now you are changing diapers, wiping snotty noses, and pouring the truth of Christ into the next generation. Maybe you would be a politician or a doctor, instead you are preparing to preach the Word to God’s people tomorrow morning. Or maybe, you would be coming down from a drug high or waking up with someone who is not your spouse, but now you are getting ready to worship the Risen King. At some point, all of us were somewhere else before the light of Gospel shone in our stony hearts and changed us forever. We have all come from the same place—darkness. And by God’s grace, we are all going to the same place—glory. For every one of us, who is in Christ, one single day 2,000 years ago, one cry of agony on a wooden cross finalized by a great cry of victory, changed the course of our lives forever. It is finished. We are free.

Because we are in Christ our old, sinful life died with him. It was crucified with the Savior. But because of the crucifixion we can gladly proclaim that He is risen, and through tears of joy, we can also say “So am I, so am I.”

May this Easter be a glad reminder of the work of Christ in your life. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body, and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 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, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”—Ephesians 2:1-7

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