From Pastor Grant:
Just because Easter Sunday is over doesn’t mean we shouldn’t constantly be thinking about the resurrection of Jesus and its significance for our lives. The Bible teaches that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead changes everything for us. It means that for all those who believe in him we have died to our old way of life and now live new lives in Christ, even as we look forward to enjoying eternal life with God in the new creation one day.
We should live with an awareness of how Jesus’ death and resurrection has changed us and made us new. The fact that we have new life in Christ means we must continually be putting away the old sinful practices we once engaged in and live up to the new life we have in Jesus. Please read this passage of Scripture from Romans 6, and notice how Paul moves from talking about how the resurrection of Jesus changes our lives to how as a result we should put away our sin and live in the light of our new life in him.
Romans 6:3-13, “3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 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. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”