A few days ago, a couple of my husband’s friends came to stay with us. One of them had been diagnosed about a year and a half ago with a deadly form of blood cancer. He was not supposed to make it more than about eleven months. He sought treatment and through the grace of God and medical intervention is still alive and living a fairly normal life. He is man who had a death sentence handed to him but is still here. He is literally a dead man walking. He looks a little different than he did and has less energy but all in all, he is every bit as alive as you and me.
Most of us know someone like that, someone who was given no hope for survival but miraculously is alive today. But did you know that in a spiritual sense we have all been that person? We were all born D.O.A., dead on arrival. The Bible says that when we were born into this world, we were born dead in our transgressions and that only with God’s help can we be made alive. That’s right, unless we are given a new birth spiritually, we are all literally dead men walking.
Most of us didn’t realize we were in that state initially, but as we tried to make our way in the world we noticed something was wrong with us. We were trying to do our best but something was missing. We didn’t have what it would take, i.e. the power, to change who we were and live a life that had real eternal value. Fortunately for all of us, Jesus came to earth to provide the life-changing medicine we all needed. His death on the cross brought life to all who would choose to believe in Him.
The problem is that we don’t look like Zombies when we are in this state. We all look alive because our spiritual deadness does not manifest itself in our physical appearance. We don’t look like dead men walking but we are. We have to see beyond the physical in order to evaluate our spiritual condition. Do you need the life giving medicine that Jesus provided for you so you can have eternal life?
I know I did. I needed the Blood of Christ to cover my sins and give me new life. What about you? Are you still a dead man walking? If so, there is hope for you. Try Jesus…He can give you new life, life that is eternal, and you will no longer be among the undead!
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2: 1-5