Have you ever been around children who live in poverty? Even in the worst circumstances, they go about having fun with their friends. They find joy wherever they are. Do you realize that Jesus came to give you abundant life? Are you moping around feeling sorry for yourself? That isn’t what God intended when He sent His Son. He came that you would be made alive in the Spirit. That means we can live a life with peace and joy.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,”
The Power of the Gospel
Peter presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ in one of the clearest and straightforward verses in all of the Bible. We have been made alive in the Spirit because Jesus suffered and was put to death. Look at the transaction that was necessary here. The just, which means without sin, did this for the unjust. This is so revolutionary. Have you ever heard of a good person sacrificing himself for the bad? History is full of the unjust suffering for the just, yet Jesus turned that on its ear and suffered for those of us who don’t deserve it.
Jesus did this so He might reunite humanity with God. What was destroyed and separated at the fall has been restored through the cross. At the death of Christ, the curtain in the temple was torn in two, and once again, access was granted directly to God. There is no need for animal sacrifice, just an open heart that cries out. Jesus became our mediator.
Made Alive in the Spirit
Finally, you have been made alive. You were spiritually dead in your sin before Jesus became your savior. New life begins once you surrender your life to Him. You don’t have to wait till we get to heaven. You are alive right now. You can walk in the Spirit and experience the fullness of Jesus right now. Grab hold of that and live life to the fullest.