If we have been united with him like this in his death,we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.[Rm 6:5]
Ken Durham, from Lipscomb University, was our guest speaker at church on Sunday. I don't believe I've ever heard a better sermon preached on the Resurrection. It sparked some of my own thoughts to jump-start my week.
I came to the conclusion that only when I am crucified with Christ can I receive the resurrection of Christ.
It all starts with the cross.
I must first die to my will and sinful nature before I can be raised a new creature with the hope of a resurrected body.
Crucified and buried in Him, my soul is reborn to eternal life. That's a one time act at baptism.
But this stubborn will and habitual sin, doesn't it need to be crucified daily? In order to live the resurrected life don't I need come to the cross to lay down those attitudes that counter the work of the Holy Spirit?
My pride, my independence, my emotions, opinions, presumed rights-to-self, doubts and desires -- these must be put to death so that the "life I now live I live by faith."
I have been crucified with Christ.It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faithin the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.
And - most importantly - sin must be slayed. Have you identified what that sin is? Have you decided to give it over to Jesus to be nailed to the cross (however often it raises its ugly head)?
Death to self means resurrected to Christ.
"I can have the resurrected life of Jesus here and now, and it will exhibit itself through holiness," wrote Oswald Chambers.
The crucified and resurrected life I can live now so that faith in Christ, holiness in Christ, and the love of Christ is all that remains.
Lord Jesus; I come to the cross that my sinful nature might be crucified, that I might die to self and have You raised in me. I choose to fully live the resurrected life - gloriously hidden in You.