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Holy Week Devotion 2019 – Day 7

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Romans 6:1-11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Triumph of Grace over Sin

So what do we do, then? Do we persist in sin so that God’s kindness and grace will increase? 2 What a terrible thought! We have died to sin once and for all, as a dead man passes away from this life. So how could we live under sin’s rule a moment longer? 3 Or have you forgotten that all of us who were immersed into union with Jesus, the Anointed One, were immersed into union with his death?

4 Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co-buried and entombed with him, so that when the Father’s glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life. 5 For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts.

6 Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.

7 Obviously, a dead person is incapable of sinning. 8 And if we were co-crucified with the Anointed One, we know that we will also share in the fullness of his life. 9 And we know that since the Anointed One has been raised from the dead to die no more, his resurrection life has vanquished death and its power over him is finished. 10 For by his sacrifice he died to sin’s power once and for all, but he now lives continuously for the Father’s pleasure. 11 So let it be the same way with you! Since you are now joined with him, you must continually view yourselves as dead and unresponsive to sin’s appeal while living daily for God’s pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One.

Reflection by: Nathaniel Straub, Community Center Pre-Teen/Junior High Program Coordinator

In Verse 5 we see that we are grafted into his death and into his resurrection. Jesus’ death not only gave us the fullness of salvation but it showed us what it truly means to love. Jesus himself said in John 15:13 that there is no greater love than for a person to lay his life down for a friend. He loved so that his example would shine through us so that by our love, people would know that we are followers of Jesus. In verse 12 he said that he commands us to love as much as he loves us. In his death we see the love being poured out on the cross. With every gasp for air, with every drop of blood, every stripe on his body, every nail piercing him, and every thorn in his head he endured with joy (Hebrews 12:2). His joy was full because of the love that he had. He said in John 15:11 (TPT), “My purpose for telling you these things is so that the joy that I experience will fill your hearts with overflowing gladness.” He wants our joy to be full in our hearts so the love that we have will be poured out into all the world preaching the gospel. Love calls us to lay everything down and to sacrifice it all for a friend. Sharing the love of Christ and shining Christ’s light where ever we are. Paul said it best as he was imprisoned for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 MEV) In our walk in life we are to die to our flesh daily and to pick up our cross (Romans 8:13). We are to die to what we want and be grafted into his death by asking what the Father’s will is and walking in the light of the word.

We aren’t just grafted into his death but as a result of the death we become resurrected into new life. We take on his life and we walk in the good works that he destined for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). To live for Christ, we must understand how he lived. In Acts 10:38 we see that he went around doing good. Micah 6:8 tells us what this definition of “good” is. It says, “He has shown you. O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you. But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (NKJV) When we make the choice of killing the flesh we will reap the fruit of his life as well. Good things have been destined for you through Christ but it takes a step of faith and the works will come through the power of the Holy Spirit because faith that is alive is accompanied with works but faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17).

We have been grafted into his death and life but I wanted to understand what the word grated means. In an article by WikiHow it states, “grafting is a technique of combining two plants or pieces of plants so they grow together. This allows you to combine the qualities of a strong, disease-resistant plant with the qualities of another plant, usually one that produces good fruit or attractive flowers.” His desire is that as we experience his love we too will be bearers of the harvest of souls that will come to also experience the greatest of loves being poured out. In this Holy week let’s not only reflect on what Christ did on the cross but that we focus on how to blossom and bloom by the streams of living water and bear his fruit as we are grafted into his death and into his life.

Reflection Questions:

  1.   How can I show love to those around me (people who love me, and people who don’t)?
  2.   How can I make the choice to crucify my flesh?
  3.   In living for Christ what good works has he called me to do?
  4.   God, bring back to my remembrance of good works that have impacted not only me, but others?
  5.   Is my life bearing fruit? (read Galatians 5:22-23)

Prayer Guide:

  1.   Pray for those who love and you pray for the ones who mistreat you. It may be hard but it may be releasing.
  2.   Pray to crucify the flesh and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you.
  3.   Pray for God to show you doors for greatness and give thanks for doors that have been opened to do good works for the Lord.
  4.   Ask the Lord to bear much fruit in your life but to also prune back anything that is not a reflection of his love.

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