Dead Man Walking

…and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? (Luke 24:5 NASB)

The women came to prepare the body of Jesus for burial. Not finding the body of Jesus, two men in dazzling clothes said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” In reality, many live as the dead among the living

The Bible is full of paradoxes. The women came expecting to see death and find life. Conversely, the Scriptures teach us that those alive without Christ are spiritually dead. And you were dead in your offenses and sins (Ephesians 2:1 NASB).

In a temporal sense, death always follows life; spiritually, death precedes life. Jesus came to bring life out of death. You cannot come into the Kingdom of God unless you pass from death to life. That is why Nicodemus could not understand when Jesus told him he must be born again (John 3:3 NASB). He did not know how he could return to his mother’s womb and be reborn. He did not understand the spiritual process of passing from death to life through Jesus, the only one who had passed through that threshold. Nicodemus was a dead man walking

Death came into this world in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:1-6 NASB). All who followed Adam and Eve have a genetic disorder called original sin. We have been born physically alive but spiritually dead. The only cure for this condition is a blood transfusion straight from the Cross of Christ, which cleanses us of sin and spiritually takes us from death to life

Without Christ, we are all dead, humanity walking.

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Ken Barnes is the author of “Broken Vessels” published in February 2021 and “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places”, published by YWAM Publishing in 2011.

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