THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
FROM DEATH TO LIFE
Today’s reading: Romans 6:3-9
Christians are unaware of their destiny. Especially as it
pertains to the cross of Christ. We are disciples of a suffering
Servant, a sacrificial Lamb, One whose glory was in ignominy.
When we are baptized, we not only become children of God,
but also disciples of Jesus whom we are to follow. And we
follow unto death. “Or are you unaware that we who were
baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”
destiny is greatness in Christ, but our baptism into new life
in Christ is premised on baptism into death. “We were
indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the
Father, we too might live in newness of life.” (v.4).
We need to die before we are raised up.
the glory of God was manifested in the resurrection of Jesus
from the dead. Death could not hold him. “We know that
Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer
has power over him.” (v.9). In the same way, we all
will die, but that is not the end. We will be raised from
the dead. “For if we have grown into union with him
through a death like his, we shall also be united with him
in the resurrection.” (v.5). To experience the greatness
of resurrection, we must experience a death like that of Jesus.
That is to say, dying according to the will of the Father,
in purity as a spotless lamb, in self-emptying and self-denial.
this is to say that we die to self. We reject the attraction
and hold of sin in our lives. “We know that our old
self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might
be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to
sin.” (v.6). We are to be a new creation. We are to
attain to the holiness of God.
then do we look forward to? “If, then, we have died
with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”
(v.8). If we have died with Christ, for Christ, in the way
of Christ, then we shall be raised at the resurrection and
live with him eternally in heaven.
is being destined for greatness.
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