Friday, April 8, 2011
A New Life
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. -Romans 6:1-11
The other night, in a moment of startling lucidity, I read the verse "Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."
Whoa. What? In baptism, I die so that I may rise with Jesus?
I've heard that many times before, but I guess it never really stuck until last night. The gravity of such a wonderful thing never hit me before.
The waters of baptism let us rise with Jesus. We are dead to sin. And we are alive in Christ!
This post seems so scatter-brained and chaotic to me, but perhaps it is because even though I finally get it...I still can't wrap my mind around it. Such is the mystery and beauty of God.