Saturday, April 3
Scripture: Deuteronomy 31-32, Psalm 40, Romans 6
Romans 6:4–5 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Romans 6:8–11 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
After saying that where sin increased, grace increased all the more, Paul asks, “Does this mean that we should go on sinning so that grace may increase?” No way! He then explains the significance of our baptism. We have died with Christ, were buried with Christ, and are raised with Christ to live a new life. In this new life, we are dead to sin, but alive to God.
We are dead to sin (unresponsive) because of grace, and we are alive to God—listening and responsive, loving and obeying.
On this Resurrection Weekend, here is a very practical and powerful result of Jesus’ resurrection. His resurrection not only guarantees our bodily resurrection and eternal life in the future, but it also makes possible our new life now—a resurrected life. This new life is characterized by:
- considering myself dead to sin, but alive to God (a complete reversal of my old life, which died with Christ);
- being filled with the Holy Spirit, who enables and empowers me to live this new life;
- living in authentic daily relationship with Jesus and becoming more like Him;
- doing the will of God rather than my own will;
- loving God and loving people.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We used to sing a chorus that said, “Live your life in me, oh my Lord; fit me to the image of your own. Live your life in me until all that’s left to see is your love, your glory alone.”
Let it be.
Prayer: Lord, live Your resurrected life in me!