Romans 6:5–11 (ESV)
Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ (Part 2)
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection
like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now 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 For
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.
Today's reading is part of our funeral liturgy. This is how seriously we take this reading.
If Jesus has died, resurrected, and set our sins free, we too, will die and be resurrected... free from sin! We have been baptized into Christ and we too have been set free. Baptism is something that we take seriously. It is the washing away
of sins. This we cannot do... or maybe I should say that we can't undo our sins. Especially original sin which we were not only born with, but conceived in. We are helpless and hopeless by our self, but God comes to us and washes us clean.
This forgivess comes from outside of ourself, and so do Jesus resurrection. Our only hope is through God!
I pray: O Lord, you have done everything necessary for my Salvation. Help me to cling to it and to daily reflect on my baptism, knowing that my sins are forgiven. Amen!