I recently heard of death referred to as a “separation.” When someone dies, their body is separated from their soul/spirit. When the Bible talks about death in terms of hell, it really just means that there is a separation between God and a person—eternally. Generally speaking, life is unrecoverable in the event that death occurs. I often wonder why is it then that we as believers don’t look at our pasts as being dead, or unrecoverable? Unfortunately, sometimes we fall back into a place where the sinful urges of our pasts dictate our present actions, but it ought not to be so. With Christ, there is a clear separation, a severing that must take place.
Colossians 2:12 says, “…buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” We always say that baptism is really an outward expression of an inward decision to follow Jesus, and this verse brings it together beautifully. When we are submerged in the water while being baptized, we are publically proclaiming the separation between our flesh and the newness of Christ. As we rise from the water, we are proclaiming the faith that we have in the One who raised Christ from the dead, and we’re demonstrating the fact that He has done the same thing again in our hearts.
Death can be devastating, but the kind of death that takes place when we receive Christ could not be more freeing! Be encouraged this week, just as Christ was raised from the dead, defying everything that people had known to be true of death, we too have been given resurrection power over our pasts. One of my favorite hymns says, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back.” Let that be our hearts’ song as we think upon the separation between our pasts and who we now are in Christ. We are resurrected…and there’s no turning back.