“you were dead” Ephesians 2:1
Inspired penmen cast our salvation in the imagery of life and death. “But God,” says one of them, “being rich in mercy, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (v. 5). If salvation is life, being lost is the state of the dead. And a strange kind of death this is, for these dead move, walk, and even live, after a fashion (v. 2, 3). The undead crawl into one’s mind at this point.
And that is exactly what you were before Jesus Christ was revealed to your soul. Let’s think about this for just a moment. Say the words: I was dead. Recall your former manner of life; the one thing I can say about that whole season is, you were dead. And you didn’t know it! Sure, you knew you were a cosmic criminal, and worthy of judgment. But dead? “Not I.” That, it seems to me, is the real terror of it all. You would have woken up in a real living death, but God…
“Most people,” said Aslan, “have [died]. There are very few who haven’t.” Apart from Christ, all people are dead, even now. Jesus came to live among the dead and to raise the dead. We are all of us lepers by nature; Jesus came to make the lepers whole. So, when you gather with your families and friends this Christmas, remember the undead, and ask God to make them alive.