Scripture for Today: Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
I bought beautifully carved real egg shells much like these from a street vendor in Prague. Because they were so fragile, I carefully wrapped them in my carry-on. How disappointed I was to have them confiscated as an animal product! Easter eggs perhaps grew out of the tradition of hard boiling eggs during Lent. In medieval times, Lent was stricter with prohibitions against eating all animal products. When Lent was over, people would distribute their stockpiled eggs to the poor, right around the time of Easter. Of course, eggs have long been considered a symbol of rebirth.
Today’s verse teaches that new life is possible as a result of being buried with Jesus. Just as Christ was raised from the dead to new life, so we, by our “baptism” or identification with His death, can be raised to live a new life! When we are in Christ, a new creation has come as the old has gone (II Cor. 5:17). As a believer, I am dead to what I was and my life is now hidden with Christ in God! (Col. 3:3)
Old habits, old values, and old desires can all be changed! The new life He gives awakens me to a whole new perspective on what life is all about! This new life gives me a new purpose in living it for Him. It is not easier but it is deeper and more satisfying. I wake up every morning to new love and compassion from Him! (Lam. 3:22-23) I never want to do life without Him!
Thank you Lord, for the new life You give!