When Death Becomes Life
subject is Christ's resurrection and how it relates to sin, death, baptism,
and the spiritual life.
WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE
So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should
hope not! If we've left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still
live in our old house there? Or didn't you realize we packed up and left
there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the
water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the
water, we entered into the new country of grace-a new life in a new land!
That's what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered
into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of
the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a
light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we're going in our
new grace-sovereign country.
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross
with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life-no longer at sin's
every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's
sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.
We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end
of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus
died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now
on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to
you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead
to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did.
- Paul the Apostle, Romans 6:1-11 from THE MESSAGE: THE NEW TESTAMENT IN
CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH, by Eugene H. Peterson, NavPress, 1993.
[HE IS RISEN INDEED!]
Have a great week,