“Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good; he came to make dead people live.” Since the first time I heard Ravi Zacharias say this I have never forgotten it. Wow! What a powerful thing to say, don’t you think?
According to the Bible we were all “dead in trespasses and sins.” It’s important to note we weren’t just people who sinned we were in fact Dead! God’s ultimate goal wasn’t just to wash us off it was to give us life. Don’t get me wrong, dealing with sin is a biggy but it isn’t the only thing God has done for us. On the cross Jesus’ blood was shed to take care of our sin, but he gave his life so we could be joined to him and live forever. You see according to Romans six we were crucified with Christ, and joined with him in his death, burial and resurrection so we could walk in newness of life. This newness isn’t just a state of “no sin” it is the life of Christ himself being lived out through us as the new creatures we are.
The key to this whole thing is faith. We are to place our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. On the cross he declared “It is finished.” The work he was sent to do had been completed. All that is left to do is for us to believe in it, or as I’ve heard it put believe “into” it. We have to put our full trust in what Christ has done on the cross in order to be joined with him in his death, burial and resurrection. According to Ephesians we are not only resurrected, but we have also ascended with Christ and are seated in him in the heavenly places.
Just as a caterpillar goes through a metamorphosis in order to become a butterfly we too have to be changed. We went into Christ, a dead in trespasses sinner, but we came out of the grave with him a brand new creature, and he is now the very life of the believer.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)