God Made You Alive

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Polls taken of Americans in the last couple years show that depression is at an all time high, and that happiness is at a near record low.

Even believers, since we’re surrounded by the depressing state of our world, can be affected by this.

Maybe you’ve been affected by this as well.

God promises to be with us during those times. Psalm 34:17-18 says:

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
he saves those crushed in spirit.

And ultimately, God promises to take all of our sadness away. John 16:20 says:

Truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.

I think one of the greatest victories of the gospel, from our perspective, is that for all eternity, we will be happy in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-7 says:

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Last time, we talked about how we were dead because of our sins. I showed you this picture of the Corpse Flower.

And I showed you this picture from the Princess Bride.

So our situation in our sin was not just bleak, but hopeless. But when there was no way for us to have hope, God made a way.

The first two words of verse 4 say “But God.” God steps in because He is merciful. (v. 4a)

In 2014, a man named Mustafa Al Shakarji tried to fight a speeding ticket in court.

He says that he wants justice, and has spent over $100,000 to clear his name.

If we insist that we haven’t sinned, God will show justice. 1 John 1:8-10 says:

If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

When we call out to God for His mercy, He gives us His mercy. God loves to show mercy! God steps in because He loves us. (v. 4b)

Every parent knows that they would do anything to rescue their child.

So this is what God did for us. (v 5) When we were dead, God made us alive.

Deserts aren’t exactly known for being places full of life. But a man named Lance built a flourishing garden in the high desert of Colorado.

God does the same in each one of us! Isaiah 43:19 says:

Look, I am about to do something new;
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert.

God gives us new life so that we can flourish. God makes us alive, reborn, a new creation in Jesus. Galatians 5:1a says:

For freedom, Christ set us free.

Having new life in Jesus means that with Jesus, we have hope. Having new life in Jesus means that with Jesus, we begin to serve God and one another. Having new life means that we begin to praise God for the way that we can live and move and have our being in Jesus. He makes beauty from ashes, turns graves into gardens, and turns our mourning into dancing.

But God didn’t just raise us from death in order for us to live here on this earth forever. (v. 6-7) We were made for another world! Heaven is our home! CS Lewis said:

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.

Forever and ever, we get a front row seat to see how much God loves us, and how much Jesus has done for us. Jesus died for us. He made a way for us when there was no way.