Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection
— Romans 6:4-5
This here is so key. We so often forget the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. We don’t think about the fact that by partaking in His death – through baptism, through denial of the flesh, through the putting away of our sins – we also partake in His resurrection. And I think when we do acknowledge this sharing in the resurrection we think of it as a future exclusively heavenly thing. We don’t realize that the instant Christ was resurrected He shared this resurrection with us. We don’t realize that the dwelling of the Holy Spirit inside each of us is the promise and the active bestowal of the resurrected life here on earth.
The problem with many of us – me first and foremost – is that we don’t acknowledge the resurrection in our lives right here and now. We don’t live as those who are resurrected. We live as people still dwelling in darkness, drowning in the troubles and the sins of the world, rather than living as victorious children of the King, full of life and hope.
Christ did not just die for us to eventually one day get to heaven after living a life of self denial and misery. He died and rose so that here and now I can live as one who is truly alive, who knows her worth, who bathes in the love of her Father. I should be living “in newness of life”! I should be shouting from the rooftops, dancing with joy, singing praise for the gifts of love, of peace, of healing, of life!
Imagine what life would look like if we only lived a true full life in the knowledge of who we are and who He is that created us!