Death and Rebirth
Easter is a time when Christians around the world remember the incredible love sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Our Savior’s willingness to step down from heaven, take on flesh, and die in a most gruesome way, is proof of His amazing devotion and affection for us. He looked past our sins and the filthy rags we wore because He desired relationship and fellowship with His creation. He bore the cost of our sins and nailed them to the cross, so by His stripes we have been healed. Thanks to HIS righteousness we too are righteous and able to stand before God as His adopted children.
“And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:4 (NKJV)
We, united now with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection, are to die to sin daily. We are no longer slaves to this world. Jesus is our eternal hope and the doorway through which the power over sin is conquered. For sin is death and He has set us free. Our “old man,” has been crucified with Christ. We have been reborn. We have new and eternal life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.” Romans 6:4-9 (NKJV)
Since we are now in Christ, we are a new creation. Old things… such as lustful passions, deceptions, ungodly habits, and evil desires are to be put away. We are called to walk in the newness of life (Ro. 6:4). We are called to be a light to the world, for the lost and the spiritually dead.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6 (NKJV)
This light we now have within us is the love of Jesus Christ. It is a beacon for the lost and we have been given a commission to share it with all who are spiritually lost and dying. Jesus came into this world to give and serve. We too should live a life of service. Paul passionately beseeched fellow believers in Romans 12:1-2 to present their bodies as living sacrifices, “holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
When we serve others, we serve God. The body He created for you and for me is perfect, designed exactly to carry out His sovereign will and purpose. Every talent and gift, weakness and flaw, strength and disability was designed for a reason. It helps to remember that when we are weak HE is strong. What we consider personal flaws can and will be used by God.
“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.” Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
Praise God with me! We praise Jesus for His love and sacrifice. We praise Him for reuniting us with the Father and for standing in the gap as our mediator both day and night. We rejoice knowing we have the promise of eternal life, thanks to Christ’s victory over sin and death. We praise God for our spiritual rebirth that includes opportunities to serve others and honor Him.
Jesus died on the cross because He wanted to set the captives free and restore our connection with Him. Unity and relationships are of great importance to our Creator. We are certainly individual parts, but together and united we make up the entire body of Christ. Just as Jesus and the Father are one, we are to be unified with each other and with the Father. This can only be done if we put sin to death and permit God to rule in our hearts.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-23 (NKJV)
As Christ died and rose again, let us too die to sin and rise up as beacons of light. May we live for Him, forgiving quickly and loving others with a pure heart. Oh death… where is your sting? Has Christ Jesus not given us victory over you? Has He not provided those who call upon His wonderful name eternal life and fellowship? Blessed be our Savior! Jesus! JESUS! Sweet Jesus! There is such awesome power in His name!
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 (NKJV)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Romans 10:9 (NKJV
“And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NKJV)
“The only thing I can give to God is ‘My right to myself.’ If I will give God that, He will make a holy experiment out of me, and God’s experiments always succeed.” ~ Oswald Chambers.