“I WISH ALL OF YOU WERE DEAD!”

Blog: Max Dawson
March 19, 2017
That’s what the preacher said. Those were the first words from his mouth when he began to address the congregation.
There was a loud collective gasp from the audience at his extreme statement. The preacher’s words sounded as though he hated the people and wanted something terrible to happen to them!
The preacher, however, went on to explain that he did not mean “dead” in the physical sense of the word. He meant something spiritual. I suppose he got his point across, but not without some distress to his hearers. He started his lesson by getting on the wrong side of his audience. Never a good idea!
There is a sense in which the preacher was right, of course. There is a sense in which all of us ought to be dead. Listen to Paul in .
“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Dead indeed to sin.” That’s the language Paul used. It is the idea of being separated from our sins. It means that sin should no longer have control over us. We should not allow it to influence us and draw us away from God!
Earlier, in , Paul reminded these Christians that they had experienced a death to sin when they were baptized into Jesus Christ. Now that they were baptized, they were obligated to live a special kind of life that was according to the will of Jesus. Sin was to no longer have dominion over them ().
We sometimes sing a song with these words “…dead to the world, to voices that call me…living anew obedient but free…” That’s how we should live. Dead to the world.

THE FINAL WORD

We ought to be “really dead.”
There is a play dead and really dead. When my brothers and I were young we would shoot in each other’s direction and yell, “Pow. You’re dead.” We didn’t always have toy guns. Fingers, sticks, empty paper towel rolls, almost anything would do.
They were instruments of death in the hands of young boys. Times haven’t changed much. It’s just what little boys do! Instead of a cowboy’s six-gun, it might be a laser or taser. As best I can tell this laser looks an awful lot like a finger. A parent playing with his child grabs his chest, moans and drops to the floor. “Ya got me…” “Are you dead?” he asks. “I’m dead,” he says. “Dead dead? Really dead?” he asks. “No. Not really.” We learn at a young age the difference between “playing dead” and being “dead dead.”
As disciples of Jesus, we don’t play dead. We need to be “really dead” to the world. Dead to the world, but alive in Christ Jesus. Really dead. Really alive.
Blessings to you, my friends,
–Max

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