From the DayBreaks Archive, May 2010:
If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. – Romans 6:5-7
Today we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day that honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It is certainly appropriate and fitting that we honor the heroes, men and women alike, who died so that we might live. It shows the high value that we place on freedom that people are willing to die for not just their own freedom, but for the freedom of others.
Every Sunday we celebrate communion (the Eucharist to those with more traditional backgrounds). Why? It is a reminder, much like Memorial Day, of One who died for our freedom – who shed His blood so we could be free. There are those who argue that observing communion weekly is “overkill” and leads to minimizing the meaning and message of what happened because it becomes a “routine.” Interestingly, the New Testament church seems to have observed it at least weekly – and typically whenever some of the believers were gathered together. It’s only “routine” if we let it become that way.
In the passage above, Paul uses an interesting analogy of death and resurrection spiritually – but it is tinged with physical reality. His final phrase “…because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” seems so obvious that it would go without being stated. And so it is – the dead cannot be tempted to sin any longer. The consequences of their sin may follow them into eternity if they have rejected the Christ, but they are now free from further temptation. Believers don’t even have to carry the consequences of their sin into eternity because those consequences were already left behind at the cross of Christ.
Do you long for freedom? Are you willing to die for it? Jesus said that his mission was to free the captives. He has opened the door. That’s His part. Our part is to walk through that open prison door into God’s glorious freedom. It may seem obvious, but I like what John Ortberg had to say on this matter: “Nobody is more free than a dead man.” Hear Paul’s words: For 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 6:10-11 If we are dead to sin by the death of Christ – we are give an eternal freedom – not a freedom that must be fought and paid for over and over again by succeeding generations of soldiers.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:4-6
I couldn’t have said it better if I tried for a million years! PRAYER: Hallelujah Lord Jesus for the eternal freedom You bought for us with Your blood!!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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