Without You I Am Nothing

It's true...

As the Hillsong tune, "Search My Heart" so rightly explains... Without Christ, I am nothing.

As I was reading this past week, Ephesians chapter 2 took special hold of me as I was reflecting upon the very simple, yet profound words of this song.

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience - among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus..." Eph. 2:1-6 (ESV)

Dead in our trespasses. Following the course of this world... among whom we all once lived. Children of wrath, like the rest of mankind - This is all really bad news. Terrible, terrible news. But we MUST ponder the bad news like this. We must reflect on our natural condition. The Fall (the cosmic treason of man turning his back on God, see Genesis 3) impacted every last one of us. But why MUST we ponder this bad news?

The Good News of Jesus Christ is, not only good news, but GREAT news when we understand what we (in Christ) have been saved from. If we only ever ponder the good news, we lack perspective and ultimate appreciation for the Atoning work of Christ on the Cross. What makes the sun so bright? Comparing it to the darkness of night. What makes the Good News of Jesus so wonderful? The fact that we were dead in our sins against God... yet... "because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ..."

Without You, Jesus, I am nothing.

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