Do you remember as a child ever falling down and hurting yourself, and your Dad picking you up in his arms (apparently effortlessly), and sitting you down beside him to comfort you? It made me think my Dad was amazing, because not only was he so strong, but he was using his great strength to love me! So have you ever wondered how strong God is? And how he has used his strength to love you? Ephesians 2 is a place you can see God in action. Listen to what Paul says:
“When we were dead in our trespasses, God 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 in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-6
What Paul is teaching us here is so astonishing, its really important to understand it clearly: God created a real spiritual union between you and Christ the moment you believed in him, when he gave you the Spirit of Christ to live in you. At that point, Christ’s immortality became yours; and in the spiritual realms, his place of power and authority at God’s right hand also became yours. Its an extraordinary picture if you think about it. It means when God raised Jesus from death, he also raised more than a billion Christians (and the number is still growing) out of the grip of death and evil, and sat them down beside him in heaven. That’s how strong God is. And thats also how kind God is. That in one act he could raise more than a billion of his children from death to immortality. This is just some of the stuff we will be thinking about on Sunday. How could you miss it?