S (Scripture): Romans 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 6:9 We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 6:10 For the death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. 6:11 So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
O (Observation): Paul takes on some of the most difficult concepts of Christian Faith. And in doing so, brings the hope that Jesus Christ is life for the whole world.
This hope is not without its challenges, though. Paul exhorts us to know that we are dead to sin. At the same time, we are alive to God in Christ Jesus. Being dead to sin, means that sin should no longer have sway over us. This is where Paul and much of modern Christianity don’t see eye to eye.
A (Application): In the Confession and Forgiveness rite in worship, we sometimes say phrases like “we are captive to sin.” Yes, we have this flesh that hangs around our neck, but if you hang around Paul enough, you start to get a sense that the power of sin has been overcome through the death and resurrection of Christ. I wonder if Paul would disagree that we are still fully captive to sin?
This Romans text will be read at our Easter Vigil service (Saturday, April 4, 2015). This service is kind of like Christmas Eve to Christmas. We celebrate the resurrection…we watch for the new day to dawn (well…metaphorically…the service starts at 7pm and lasts about an hour : )
Sometimes…I wonder about our view of sin…and if Jesus’ death and resurrection was about helping us to see that we can move beyond total depravity, and into a new future, with God’s help.
What is holding you back? What is it about EASTER that you most look forward to?
P (Prayer): Lord, we struggle and need your grace daily. With your grace in our grasp, help us to find our way forward. Amen.