As we approach Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus plays a very important foundation of our Christian faith. These life changing events in human history have special significance. They are much more than tradition, or a religious holiday. They are much more than the Easter bunny, Easter eggs, candy and parties.
These life changing events signify freedom from sin, salvation, and eternal life. They signify life change; changing a heart of evil, to a heart for God. Romans 6:6-11 describes the death and resurrection of Jesus in the following way:
“6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:6-11 NLT
I love the last statement; “…you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”
Dead to sin – Alive in Christ! That is what the death and resurrection of Jesus symbolize.
A verse in the song, “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend, describe the death and resurrection of Jesus this way;
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
This Easter, remember what Jesus did on the cross for you. He died so sin would lose its power over you, and to give you life through his death and resurrection. You no longer are a slave to sin, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Listen to the words of “In Christ Alone” sung by Kristian Stanfill at Passion 2013.