Made Alive


Purchase a handmade print from this edition at my Etsy shop.



But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…

Ephesians 2:4-5

People who suffer from long lasting illnesses, to then suddenly find healing through a treatment or surgery, will often say that they never realized how much pain they were in or how sick they really were before they were healed.

That was me spiritually. I never knew the full depth of my sin and the death I earned from it, until I was set free and was made alive! Everything changed in that moment. It is hard to explain, but those who have experienced know what I’m talking about. It is a hope that you never knew before. It is a peace you didn’t think possible. It is a forgiveness and love that you couldn’t imagine. It is a joy you cannot explain.

The interesting thing is that these experiences are not found in a removal of everything painful or difficult in your life, but you find them in the midst of both trail and victory, in both deliverance and endurance. It is truly a new life, not because everything around you has changed, but because YOU have been changed.

Not only are you made alive, but you are made alive together with Christ. That is key. Because it is with Christ that we find life. He is the way, the truth, and the life. The life is found in him. It is found in forsaking ourselves and embracing him. He takes what is dead and makes it alive.

That is what this print is about. That God is able to take what is lifeless and make something alive and beautiful out of it! Have you given yourself to him? I hope so, and I hope you have found the life he offers.


If you would like to purchase a one of the 20 handmade prints in this edition, you can find them at my Etsy shop.

Below you can view images from the process. Thanks for taking the time to check it out.

LinocutShawn Collins