Prayer: Let your light, O God, shine through us as we follow your Word. In Christ. Amen.
11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
By our baptism we are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. We have overcome sin, death and the power of the evil one. We are therefore alive and free from sin.
No longer can sin weigh us down. Jesus lifted the heavy burden of sin from us so we are free to live unburdened by the threat of death. God loves us unconditionally and forever. So what are we free to do? Free to serve! Free to share the good news! Free to help a stranger! Or visit those in jail or prison. Free to work for justice in this world! Free to work for peace!
We are free as God leads us. Do not be afraid, listen for God’s call and for God’s answers. Take a step in a new direction. God will tell you if it is right or wrong. If you are now alive in Jesus Christ reconsider how you will live!
Prayer: “O God, through Jesus we are freed from sin and alive in you. Help us to live as free people, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Dying and Rising with Christ
6 What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.