'But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved.' Ephesians 2:4-5
When you first think about it, it’s a bit disturbing to think that, if we’re Christians, we were corpses before Jesus saved us - alive without life, dead in our sin and without hope of redemption from our bleak future.
But because Jesus loved us much more than a mother, father, brother, sister or friend ever could, He suffered the worst death anyone could invent in our place, and rose again. He daily offers us his great mercy (Psalm 25:6) which never diminishes in amount and saves us from what we really deserve.
Being able to spend time with people I know who care about me really makes me feel happy and confident. For me, the fact that God loves us even more than them is absolutely mind blowing, something I have yet to get my head around and fully understand.
And looking back, before I became a Christian, I may as well have been dead – my purpose for living depended on things which pale to insignificance compared to what Jesus has in store for His chosen people (Matthew 6:20). It took over a decade for me to realize that something was wrong with my attitude and the way I lived my, if you can call it that, life.
I now know that Jesus brought me to life - through His death and resurrection – and I feel as if life in Him has meaning, I have a specific goal to aim for (Romans 12:1-2) and a marked out path for me to follow (Psalm 23:3). If Jesus hadn’t found me and rescued me, I wouldn’t even want to think about what I would be doing right now – certainly relying on things other people I know rely on to get them through each day, and living a meaningless existence in a dark and cold world. I may have felt so tired trying to live up to expectations impossible to achieve, I might have tried to end it all.
Thankfully, nothing we can do, no works or our own sense of morality replaces this grace. Nothing we contrive can ever get us a place in to Heaven. From grace alone we can trust in Him, our Saviour, to save us and keep us forever in his hands. (Galatians 2:21)