Dead to Sin, Alive in God
In today’s scripture reading, the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, speaks of the death of sin and resurrection of life in Jesus: “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. For one who has died has been set free from sin” ( v. 6). In other words, sin will no longer define our lives as long as we are alive in Christ. As believers in Christ, we can take comfort in knowing that our sins are forgiven through the crucifixion of Christ. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, we who believe in our salvation through Him, “might walk in newness of life” (v.4), i.e., freed from the power of sin. We now have the power to choose not to sin.
As I reflect on our world today, Paul’s words provide comfort when, despite our power, we all at times fall short in our walk with Christ. No longer will guilt and persecution rule the mind of believers: “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).
Stepping Out in Lent – I encourage you today to embrace the love of Christ Jesus and to take comfort that His death has removed our sins. We are born again (walking in newness of life) through our death with Christ and we will be united with Him in our resurrection into eternal life. Take great comfort knowing that no matter what challenges life gives us, we will be united with Him. Start today with a renewed love of Jesus, and offer yourself as an instrument of righteousness.
Author – Keith Cooksey is married to Amy Cooksey and together they have three children: Bryson, Carolyn and Mary Beth. Keith is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time outside with family and friends. He and his family have been members of St. Peter’s for 10 years.