This is a week where I have been reflecting on Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. What He did on behalf of me and those of us who find we were chosen to be His followers. His sacrifice to atone for my sin was no small feat. Jesus Christ was mocked, beaten unmercifully, and murdered because I chose to be a sinner. But all of this pales in comparison to the resurrection that God preformed in Christ three days after He was so brutally murdered by people like me. You can deny this truth if you like but it does not diminish the fact that it is true.
You may think the title of this blog is misleading but I assure you it is not. I got into recovery because I was dying. Alcohol was killing me, my selfishness was feeding my demise, and my sin was all I was. I was lost and losing more each day. I was the most important thing in my life.
Sure, I knew who Christ was but I did not know Him. He was nothing but a historical figure I learned about in school and church. There was no real tangible relationship with Him to speak of. So like I was saying, I was dying of my own accord…
Then one October day I was lying on the floor in my apartment 4 months sober and seeking a God of my understanding when Christ came to me. Not the Jesus who I learned about in Sunday school, the ACTUAL Jesus, The Christ, The Messiah, the ONE who has all authority in Heaven and on Earth who bears the Name above all names.
In that moment I died. I stood at the turning point and gave myself to Him with complete abandon and He resurrected me with the same power the Father used to raise Him. I cannot explain how it happened but all I know is that it did. Everyday I am grateful to Him because He rescued me from alcohol, selfishness and sin. Now Easter lives in my heart and every day is a new beginning.
Do you remember when you died?
If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?
Romans 10:9 says this – “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”