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Alive with Christ
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
March 11, 2024

Back in 2010, a mine collapsed in Copiapó, Chile. Thirty-three men were trapped a half mile underground, and 68 days later they were still there. Their strength as professional miners and their combined experience were no match against a half mile of solid earth. They needed to be saved. And, on day 69, they were. First, their saviors drilled down to a strategic location. Then they sent a capsule called El Fenix (the Phoenix) down into the darkness. Finally, one by one, all 33 men were brought up into the light, where they were embraced by family, friends, and a celebrating world.

If you came to Jesus later in your life, perhaps you have felt a little of what those men felt on day 69. You were “dead” in sins, unable to fix a half mile worth of sins that separated you from God. But then Jesus saved you. “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” (Ephesians 2:4-6).

Through Jesus, you have been saved. You are not dead and distant from God but living today in his presence. You are not hopeless and helpless as you face the challenges of this week but alive, loved, and raised up to new hopes, new expectations, and a new connection with your Father who lives in the light.

Don’t be afraid, friend. You are not dead. You are alive with Christ!

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