Made Alive

ephesians2_4-5As 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. 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 transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
-Ephesians 2:1-5

Saturday of Holy Week is an unusual day. Nothing of significance happens in the Scriptures. During the day light hours it was the Sabbath and so the disciples were resting. It is not until Easter morning that some go to care for the body of Jesus. What struck me this week was how did Peter react to hearing the Roosters on Saturday morning?

Remember when he heard them on Friday morning it was the fulfillment of the prophecy Jesus gave that he would deny him three times. He did just that and then the roosters crowed and Peter ran away in tears. How did he react on Saturday morning? I am sure it was difficult reliving his past failure. Peter is like what Paul talks about in the passage above about being “dead in his transgressions and sins.”

On that first Easter morning when the roosters crowed Peter was again reminded about his denials but soon he would run to the tomb and find it empty. Later he would see Jesus and know the power of God in Jesus Christ and the grace of the cross. I imagine every morning thereafter Peter would hear the roosters and hear the victory of Jesus. Few of us today wake up to the sounds of roosters in the morning. Try this in the future every time your alarm goes off, think of the gift of Jesus to start each day being loved, forgiven, and made alive with Christ. That is even a better gift than a few more minutes of sleep.

Pastor Dave

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