It was about 200 years ago that Mary Shelley conceived the idea of Frankenstein. Perhaps I should say Frankenstein’s Monster. In the book, Dr. Frankenstein takes body parts from different dead bodies, sews them together, jolts them with electricity and voila! Life! Since that book debuted, literature has dealt with the issues of science, technology, and the ethical issues spawned by the two working together.
It was about 2000 years ago that Jesus died on the cross. Jesus, God the Son, died willingly on the cross as an innocent sacrifice to forgive all of our sins. He showed His power over death by coming back to life three days later. We are brought back to life from death because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Since that time, mankind has wrestled with the issue of sin, grace, life, and our relationship with God. “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)
Perhaps the hardest words in that passage is that we “were dead in our sins.” We don’t like to think of ourselves like that. In other letters Paul described us as “slaves to sin.” We are full of life. We are free! We always have been. Now you understand the Jewish leaders who rebuked Jesus when He told them that they could become free. (John 8:33) In truth though, before Jesus Christ enters someone’s life and brings God’s grace and forgiveness they are the spiritual equivalent of the walking dead. They don’t realize their need for grace or forgiveness and wander around looking and acting like they’re alive. It is to these, as it was to those of us who have followed Jesus, that God seeks to bring into fellowship with Him by cancelling their sin and nailing it to the cross. We were made alive in Christ and God seeks to make all others alive in Him as well.
There is a cure for the spiritual walking dead. That cure is Jesus Christ. It is a cure that is passed on from one who is alive in Christ, whose sins have been forgiven by the grace of God, to a person who is spiritually dead. It is a cure that may be rejected. We are to offer it anyway. We have the gift of eternal life – a life that begins with an amazing life on earth followed by forever with God. It is sad, but many we offer that gift to will reject us. We must offer it anyway – respectfully. Remember, you didn’t realize you were dead before you came to Christ, did you? When someone gets the news that they are spiritually dead and need Christ, it can be a shock to the system. Share that gift with such grace that the shock will act as a defibrillator and ultimately bring them back to life.
Lord, remind me how I used to be when I was spiritually dead. Help me to offer Your gift of fellowship and eternal life to others with wisdom and grace. Please bring them back to life with You.
(Just a note: I started this, but then needed to leave for church. When I got back home, I didn’t get back to it. I apologize for the delay.)