Romans 6:1-14

The season of Lent is one of reflection and repentance. As we have journeyed to the cross we see Jesus preaching teaching and performing miracles. He goes on as He has done since the start of His ministry pointing all to the Kingdom of God. The life and ministry of Christ is not a set up to the cross, but the continual expression of its mission. Christ’s sacrifice is only worthwhile because of the life He lived. In Christ’s life we see the possibility that humanity and divinity can exist together, that to be perfectly human is not to ere, but to be in right relatedness with YHWH. This way of life can easily be dismissed as impossible; Christ did it because He was also fully God. However, Paul does not let the Roman church (or us) off so quickly. If we are followers of Christ, then we must journey with him through His life death and resurrection. And if we have experienced His life, then we can live like Christ because we have experienced His death.  Death can no longer reign in our lives because we have been raised to new life in His resurrection. We can no longer live as we once did. The impossible becomes possible, not because we have done enough, but because of the faithfulness of God exemplified in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of our Savior. The call of repentance is to look at God, and then look at our selves. Where there is a difference we proclaim it, turn from it, and ask to be transformed more into God’s image. 

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