Sunday, April 4

The resurrection changes everything

Scripture: Deuteronomy 33-34, Romans 7

Romans 7:4–6 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Observation

It’s Resurrection Sunday, so of course this reference to “Him who was raised from the dead” stood out.  

Paul was discussing the Christian’s relation to the Jewish law.  He stated that the law loses it authority when you die, and used the analogy of marriage: when a spouse dies, the other is freed from the law prohibiting adultery and may freely remarry.  Then v. 4-6.

When Christ died, we died with Him; among other things, we died to the law so that we could belong to Jesus and bear fruit for God.  And now we serve God “in the new way of the Spirit” not the old way of the law.

Application

Jesus’ death, resurrection and the gift of the Spirit completely changed the way we relate to God.  It’s no longer about rule keeping, but a relationship.  Instead of focusing on keeping the rules, we focus on Jesus, and we follow the lead of the Spirit.  Paul uses marriage as an analogy; we are married to Jesus and bear fruit (children) for Him.  We are given the privilege of intimate relationship.

Imagine being lost.  One way to get to your destination is for someone to give you a set of directions or even a map.  Another is for a friend to get in the car with you and show you the way.  That’s what has happened.  Jesus has gotten into our car; the Spirit is leading us.  We’re not on our own any more.

Just one more way that the resurrection changed everything…

Prayer: Today Lord we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the sending of the Spirit and the new life we have in Christ—a life lived in relationship with You!