Without Jesus, you’re dead. With Jesus, you’re alive.
Or, put another way, Jesus doesn’t have any dead friends.
Here’s what the Bible says:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
We were all there. You, me, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, the Apostle Paul. Every single one of us.
If that were the end of the story, it would be pretty tragic and depressing. But it’s not. Here’s what comes next:
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 our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
So what are we “alive” people supposed to do?
The Bible makes that clear, too. It calls us “God’s workmanship” — other translations say “masterpieces” – “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
We’re God’s walking and talking masterpieces. Let’s live like that today and get out there and do some good.