Death Was Arrested
"Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin, lost without hope with no faith to begin…"
This is our plight fellow humans. This is where we start. The Bible paints a pretty clear picture of the state of mankind:
Romans 3:10-18, "As it is written, "None is righteous no not one; no one understands; no one seeks God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Now, I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty bleak. The Apostle Paul wasn't talking about some heathen race of people that are just awful and have no inclination toward anything good much less God, no he was talking about humanity, in his context…Jews and Greeks.
"Your love made a way to let mercy come in, that's when death was arrested and my life began."
The story of the gospel is that God in His mercy didn't leave us in that state of hopelessness. And the Bible states in no uncertain terms that it was God's love, manifested in Christ Jesus, that provided the necessary means for us to be reconciled to the Father. Death was our destiny. Hell was our eternal home. But God…
"being rich in mercy and because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ." Ephesians 2:4 and 5
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever would believe in Him would have everlasting life."
Romans 10:9 "But God demonstrated His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us."
"Death Was Arrested" is the musical version of the gospel story from our state as fallen creation to the victory won by Christ at the resurrection. We would do well to rehearse this glorious gospel on a daily basis. So, you 9:30 folks, get ready, this song will get you out of your seats and lifting your hands in worship of our great God!
We will see you Sunday!
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