As Resurrection Sunday approaches, I ponder what happened on the cross. Yesterday–Good Friday–was a day to remember His death and all that He suffered for our sake. It’s heart-wrenching to think of all Jesus suffered as His precious blood drained from the wounds caused by the nails that pierced Him, especially when we know He did it for us while we were still ungrateful and wretched sinners.
Romans 5:8 — “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 3:16 confirms that He did allow Jesus to die for us because of His great love for us. But why? Why was it necessary for Jesus to suffer so greatly? We can find the answer in Romans:
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be ]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been [b]freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sin. Jesus died so that we could be free from sin.
Verse 3 above tells us that we were baptized into His death. Verse 10 says that he died to sin once for all. When you believe on Jesus and receive Him as your Lord and Savior, you partake of His death, and the good news is that you also partake of His life!
He’s not dead. He is alive! Hebrews 8:1 tells us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is there making intercession for us so that we can boldly approach the throne of grace. What a blessed privilege!
What I really want to take a look at now is something we believers need to DO. Let’s look at the verb (action word) “reckon” in verse 11 from the text above. “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Jesus our Lord.”
First, this verse is telling us to be like Jesus when it says, “likewise you also.” What do we need to do? Reckon ourselves. The word “reckon” is from the Greek word logizomai, which means “to count, to conclude, to suppose, to think on.” God wants us to think on the fact that because Jesus died to sin, we also are dead to sin and alive to God.
The Amplified version of verse 11 reads, “Even so, consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relationship to it broken, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” I think we so often (at least I do) think on all that we do wrong and what we will never get right. If we shift our thinking, and begin to see our relationship to sin broken, we will have a greater picture of what Jesus really did for us on the cross.
John 14:6 says that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Without Jesus, we would be left in our sins and damned to suffer eternity in hell. This is why his death, burial, and resurrection is so absolutely vital. Because of the sacrifice He made for us, we are free from the bondage of sin, which leads to death.
Romans 6:23 — “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As Resurrection Sunday approaches, I pray that you will reckon yourself dead to sin and alive to God. Whatever sin or scheme from the enemy has tried to destroy you cannot stand against the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! He is ALIVE, and He gives life to all who call on His Great Name! I encourage you to consider your relationship with sin broken and think on the fact that the same the spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you and is giving life to your body (Romans 8:11). Rejoice for HE IS ALIVE, AND SO ARE YOU!!!!!!!