“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5: 6-10
It doesn’t matter if it is a make-up makeover, a weight loss photo, or a home renovation. I just love to see before and after pictures! I find it fascinating what can be done to enhance or change a person, a home, or a building.
This past Sunday I saw a before and after picture that left me speechless. It is a before and after transformation like none other! In the middle of Romans 5: 6-10 are the words, “Christ died for us”. Before those words scripture tells us who we were: Weak, ungodly, sinners. After those words is who we have become and are in Him: Justified, saved, reconciled. There is no better makeover you or I have ever experienced!
You and I can often feel like the “before” but we will never be the same. Because of the death of Christ and His resurrection we have new life and a new relationship with Jesus. From here on out, the “after” is who we are in Him.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.