Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:11 (NKJV)

The Cross is removed from a purely historical perspective when we realize that we, too, are involved in its ageless liberation. The apostle Paul informed us that by God’s unfathomable working, we were included in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

We have been crucified, buried, and raised with Christ. Through faith in Christ Jesus, each of us has died to sin and  been joined with Him to become “a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB).

This concept is difficult to understand. Perhaps this analogy will help: Think of a book mailed to Europe. Inside the book is a three-by-five-inch photograph. Wherever the book is sent, the photograph goes also.

God placed you in Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. What happened to Jesus also has happened in you. Romans 6:11 tells you “to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

You can do so only because of your union with Christ. His death to sin is yours, and His life with the Father is yours. The Cross is the means to an entirely new way of living—now and forever.

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