Our Death & Our Birth

Romans 5:11 “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

I, Erick, came across this verse in my daily devotional and it got me thinking about the Cross in a different light.

The cross signifies the death certificate to our old life of sin, while also signifying the birth certificate to our new life of faith.

Now that Easter is over, we’ve probably heard all there is to hear about “the cross”. But this idea of a death and birth certificate is something I had never thought about before.

I guess it’s something I always knew. Jesus’s death on the cross, and resurrection, signified our death to a life of sin and eternal separation from God. It also signified our new life in Christ.

Not only is it a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us, it’s also a reminder of our position with, and in, Christ. We are God’s children. We are adopted into His Heavenly kingdom as lost sons and daughters. Not only does that birth certificate claim our new life apart from sin, but it also claims our new life in a family with God.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20

The Cross is more than Easter week or Easter Sunday. Its the beginning of something beautiful and the end of something horrible. It’s an invitation into a Father’s longing and loving arms.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” -Revelation 3:20

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