For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. – 1 Corinthians 15:22, ESV
The beginning of the world is such a beautiful thing to imagine. The innocence, the beauty, the peacefulness of it all. Every time I think of it, it saddens me that it did not last. Through one man and one selfish act came death.
It is such a heavy word. The weight of which is felt throughout every generation and every part of the world, from war to hunger, genocide to selfishness. We feel it’s heaviness in so many ways; hopelessness, fear, darkness.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the corse of this word, 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 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 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, ESV)
Praise God death is not the final word. For in the same way that death came through one man, so also through one man, Christ, and one selfless act, His death and resurrection, came life!
It is such a freeing word. It is only through Christ that we find life. As Keith Getty and Stuart Townend once wrote, “In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand.”
Listen to the songs for Sunday to help draw your attention to Christ’s sacrifice.