Jesus Rose...You Can Rise Too!

Saturday, April 07, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 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.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a source of tremendous hope for "newness" in life!

One of the requirements for newness is "death" or separation from the old way. We tend to only view death as the end of life. Death is a separation, whether from physical life, or from spiritual life.

For example, Ephesians 2:1 reads, "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins." Before I received Jesus as Savior, I was "dead" even while living physically. I was separated from God because of my sin nature. I was a "dead man walking."

Through the new birth and identification with Jesus, I entered into, or was baptized into, His death. Jesus experienced the ultimate separation (death) by allowing Himself to be separated from His Father for the purpose of becoming a sin offering for us. This is why He is called the "Lamb of God."

The amazing and miraculous thing is this: Jesus was also the priest, so He offered himself up as a sacrifice! As He said in John 10:18, "No one takes [my life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again."

Jesus laid down His own life and had the power to take it back! He did this for you and me, so that we could be "raised" to "walk in the newness of life!"

Jesus has the power of life and newness, and He offers that same power to you!