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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
April 11, 2009

     Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life - no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did.
Romans 6:6-11 (Message*)

On this weekend, followers of Christ focus intently on the death and resurrection of Jesus. How do we participate in that? Paul indicates that our acceptance of Christ is to mean a death to our old “sin-miserable life”, and through this we are “included in Christ's sin-conquering death.” And when we participate in this way in the experience of the crucifixion, “we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.” This is truly Good News!

He is risen! As a result, death need not have the last word with us!

May we indeed hang on every word of our mother tongue which God speaks. For we know it gives the true spiritual life to which we are called.

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©1993-2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

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