“to restore life or consciousness; to live again”
“Re-” means again
“Vivere/Vive” means live
To live again, means there was life at one point. But something happened, causing death, separating the initial life and life again. For this to make sense, you have to realize the condition we are in as human beings. In the Garden of Eden, man chose evil, sin and death entered the world, and our righteous standing with the Father was broken. Humans are born into this world with that sinful nature, lacking right standing with God. Some day we will experience death and the end of this life. But through Jesus Christ, God revives the repentant here and now. He revives our heart and spirit until we reach life after death and eternity with Him.
Isaiah 57:15b “…I (God) live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Contrite: “filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement” Contrite means repentant.
So a person who is aware of the condition of their heart and spirit and desires to live this life as we are designed to is in the “perfect condition” for God to step in and revive them. When we realize that nothing else in this world is filling that gap, that need, that desire for LIFE… let us look to the message of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2: 1-10: “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 enemy/Satan), 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 flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving 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. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The Bible says that we were dead in our sins. (Eph. 2:1).
Dead: “no longer living; deprived of life”
This is the condition we are born into. When something is dead, it cannot bring itself back to life. It takes an outside source to revive it.
In John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus Christ is the only way to true and eternal life. He takes us from our dead, deprived, and broken state of living and does what we could never do on our own: He makes breathes life into us here on earth with hope and the Holy Spirit, and provides eternal life after death. Not because we are “good” human beings. But because God is rich in mercy and love and sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior (John 3:16). He’s our Creator, our Designer, our Heavenly Father. He desires to revive us. He IS the hero that steps in and helps us turn our life around.
Most importantly, He is Holy. He is not our genie in a bottle. He is the glorious Creator of the universe with all power. He doesn’t revive us to let us go back to our depraved state. We must turn and give him our everything, because He is truly worthy. Jesus is a big deal. What He did here on earth is more than a historical fact. His death was the perfect sacrifice so we can be revived and so our relationship with the Father can be restored.
For us, it starts with realizing the condition of our heart, life, and world. We are functioning in a fractured version of what God originally created. But, God has provided a way to life again (Jesus).
Ephesians 1:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. ”
How does this apply to every day life?
Even though we live in a world where sadness, anxiety, worry, stress, death, and confusion exist, we don’t have to surrender to the ways of his world…we have life inside of us as believers in Jesus Christ. Because of what He accomplished through the cross and rising from death, we have hope. The only thing worth worrying about in life was taken care of by Jesus. Sin and death were defeated, and He is sitting on His throne.
So, I don’t have to go through my day wrapped up in anxiety about ____, because I know that God is good and He has a plan. God is not surprised by our stresses and struggles. I like to think that we are working on our testimonies constantly, and God is going to use every persons story for His glory.
Yes, the enemy is still at work in the world, but the enemy doesn’t win when all is said and done, and he knows it. The enemy would love for me to spend my life worrying about petty things, rather than surrendering those things to God and letting the peace of Christ rule in my heart and mind.
Surrender you life to Christ, He is who He says He is, and you don’t have to stay dead. When you put your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit then lives within you as your Helper and Comforter. Pray for heavenly perspective on your life, see that God has breathed life back in you, and who do you know that needs life again?
Romans 8:10-11 “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness (right standing with God). And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”