“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.”
The book of Romans contains such wonderful good news about Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and His victory over the power of sin and death. It encourages us to know who we are in Christ and how we can know our identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God. It also highlights the extent of Jesus’ love for us and the power of that love, to change us from sinners and enemies of God to children of God, sharing in the inheritance of all God has for us, both here on this earth and in Heavenly places.
Today’s verse highlights the simplicity of the gospel and the power of what Jesus did on the cross. As Jesus hung on the cross to die to pay for our wrong-doings, all of humanities sins were placed on His shoulders, from the beginning of time to the end of time. Everything we have ever done and will ever do was nailed to Jesus at the cross. As Jesus died on the cross, so did the power of sin over our lives. And when He rose victorious on the third day, Jesus defeated the enemy, and made a way that we can boldly approach the throne of God, without the label of sinner over us. We now can come as children approaching their Father.
Moreover, because of Jesus’ victory, we too can share in that inheritance and walk in victory in our lives too. We are no longer slaves to sin because Jesus defeated the power of sin’s hold in our lives. We are free from the power of sin. All we need to do is walk in the victory of Christ. We are no longer dead in our sins but alive in Christ Jesus.