Summary: This sermon deals with items a person might examine in their lives to see if they know Christ.
Think for a moment how it is we know someone is alive. Suppose a terrible crash happens on the interstate. Several cars are involved. The ambulance is called as well as the police. When the ambulance arrives, the paramedics begin to check on those involved in the accident. You see, in this accident, no one is walking around saying they are okay. Some are sitting in their respective vehicles and not moving. It is apparent that others have been thrown around a little. There is broken glass and blood on the seats. No one is yelling for help. The paramedics then do that most important thing to see if they are alive. They check their vital signs. The most important is their pulse. There are several places on our body where we can check our pulse, but the pulse is important because it signifies our heart is beating. If our heart is not beating, we are not alive. It is the heart that pumps blood throughout our body, which we need to live. So if there is not a pulse or no blood pressure, the person is presumed dead.
We could imagine a similar scene taking place in the emergency room of the hospital. An ambulance brings in a heart attack victim. There is no visible sign that the person is alive, but sometimes the visible signs are deceptive, so the attendants begin to do the same thing the paramedics did at the scene of the wreck. They check for a pulse to see if the heart is beating. They check the person’s blood pressure. They may do CPR or shock treatments, but if there is no pulse after these efforts, the person is presumed dead.
Usually, it is pretty obvious when a person is alive. I mean, most of us know we are alive. We could think of the person who is in a coma. Maybe some of us have known people who have been in a coma. It is not really obvious to us that they are alive, but we can look at the machines that are hooked up to them and see that their heart is beating or we can see their chest rising and falling so we know they are breathing. Then we know they are alive even if they don’t show the more normal signs of a person being alive.
What about the person who is asleep? We can normally tell they are alive even though they are not up and about. How? We see their chests rising and falling, or we hear the almost imperceptible breaths. Now it is very obvious when some of us are asleep that we are alive. There is this terrible sound that comes from us that makes it evident that we are alive. We call it snoring. Snoring is an indication of life.
Some of us are guilty of making statements that are contradictory with the obvious evidence that we are alive. We might say things like “I’m dead tired,” or “I’m dead on my feet,” or “I feel so bad I would have to die to feel any better,” or “Boy I feel dead this morning.” None of us, of course, knows what it feels like to be dead, but these are figures of speech to let others know how we feel. We are alive, but we don’t necessarily feel alive.
The bottom line, however, is that there are very definite ways to tell if we are alive. I don’t know of anyone, except Jesus Christ and those he raised from the dead, who has come back to life after they were declared dead. There are just ways we can know for certain that a person is alive or dead.