With New Year’s Day just behind us, this is the season for new beginnings. It’s a time to make resolutions we probably won’t keep. It’s a time to look forward and imagine what the new year has in store. It’s a time to look ahead to what is new and move on from the old.
Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can do just that. Jesus came down to earth clothed in human flesh, lived a life that perfectly lived up to God’s standards of holiness, died on the cross to pay the price sin demands, and rose again, conquering sin, death, and the power of Satan. He did all of this so that we might have a new life in Him.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul writes,
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:6)
Our old, sinful nature is dead. It died on the very same cross as Christ. But God’s plan for our salvation doesn’t just stop at the death of our sin. If the Gospel message stopped at Jesus’ death on the cross, he would just be another man who lived and died. But Jesus rose again, and with that, He gave us the living hope of a new life, free from the chains of sin.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:3-4, 7-11; emphasis mine).
We are set free from sin through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Through Him, we are given the gift of a new life. In Christ, we have a new beginning.