Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-14
“We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
On this Good Friday when we reflect upon the death of our Savior, let us remember that in His death, we also died. We were “united with Him in a death like His” (v. 5a). Our old sinful self was put to death — “We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” (v. 6).
Because our old self has been crucified with Christ, we are no longer slaves to sin. “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (v. 11). Jesus Himself was the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Because of this, God has forgiven us and set us free from our bandage to sin. We now have the ability to be alive to God!
We were raised with Christ — “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His” (v. 5). We have a new power and a new ability. Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. As Christ was given life, so we also have been given life by the glory of the Father. Because of this, we now can walk in newness of life.
All week we have seen how the message of the resurrection brings life and hope and joy and peace. In spite of the current difficulties we are experiencing, we can walk in newness of life, because we have been raised with Christ. The expression “newness of life” gives me hope. Every day we can life to its fullest. We do not have to be overcome with doubts, fears and anxieties, for God has given us a new life. We can have a new perspective on life because we can now see life from God’s perspective. We have been united with Christ in His resurrection. Therefore, we can know Christ and the power of His resurrection.
As we approach Easter Sunday, let’s remember that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too were raised with Him. As a result, we can now walk in newness of life. Get rid of all the negative self-talk. Put away the doubt and fear. Don’t focus on the difficulties and trials we are experiencing. Jesus Christ is alive and He is in control! Keep your eyes on Him and remember that He lives in us.
“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Christ living in me is the new life that I have been given. So, let us walk in the newness of resurrected life. Let us live by faith in the Son of God and remember how much He loves us.
Lord Jesus, on this Good Friday, I am overwhelmed with the sorrow, grief, pain and suffering You experienced. You did this for me. Forgive me for taking lightly Your work on the cross. You bore the wrath of God for me. You set me free from my bondage to sin and You made it possible for all my sins to be forgiven. I also thank You that I have been united with You in Your resurrection. Enable me to walk in newness of life and let me live by faith so that I can bring glory to You.
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