Death and resurrection aren’t just events, they are a process. Jesus didn’t die so that you could live, he died so that you could die. To your sin, to death, to temptation, to worldly passions and desires. Jesus lives so that you can live.
Jesus went into the grave so that you would stop fearing the grave to live a life of hope. He rose so that you can rise. He died under sin so you could die to sin. He died under the curse to free you from the curse.
This is a process called sanctification. You are embroiled in something. Covetousness, lies, debauchery, drunkenness. You murder in your hearts. Back bite, gossip, slander and lust. You justify your sin and condemn others while your spiritual life is choked with self-reliance, envy and shame. Don’t fear that death. Put it to death.
The gospel is good news today, as long as it’s called today. You need to die to that sin. You need to put to death that flesh, that desire, that treachery, shame, guilt and fear.
Jesus left the tomb empty and wide open. It couldn’t hold Him. He turned His tomb into the tomb of sin and it is open before you, its open to you. Reach deep into your heart and take hold of your sin, call what lives there by its true name; murder, lies, lust, greed, envy, fear, hate. Take hold of it and cast it into the tomb of sin at the foot of the cross.
Don’t hold on to it. Die to that sin. Bury it here where God will seal it up forever.
Christ died so that all of our sin could die and as long as you are alive you will sin and so every day you get to come to Him and look again upon His wounds and give your burden over to him to lay in this tomb of sin.Don’t hold onto it. Don’t protect it. Let it rest in peace in its tomb.
Then cast your eyes not on your sins’ tomb but up, past the cross, to throne of Christ, where He ministers to you as the Lord of Love, the Lord of Life. Raise your hands, your voice, your hearts and praise Him. Live free to Worship and glorify Him. Don’t hold back. Don’t look back. Look forward and onward, Saints of God, onward.
Beloved of God. Die and rise. Die and rise. Die and rise. The door to our Father’s house is open. Let us die to our sin so we can enter.