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.
A couple of times a week I walk a couple of miles in the forest preserves here in Lake County. The groomed paths meander through groves of maples and oaks, over marshes and ponds, and across prairie land.
On a day like today, it is as near to the Garden of Eden as I can imagine this world to be at this point!
It reminds me – and brings peace to my heart – that someday we will enjoy an eternity of such newness in heaven.
Because of Jesus Christ, the new heaven and new earth will be perfect – just like it was for Adam and Eve before the Fall.
Speaking of the Fall, it is flabbergasting to me that they willingly gave up paradise in order to live their own way.
True, Satan tempted them with lies and half-truths (which are really just more lies). But Adam and Eve had a choice. They could have told Satan to go to hell (literally, I suppose).
But instead, they listened.
And they ate.
And they discovered the difference between good and evil.
They also discovered that they could no longer choose good, not on their own they couldn’t.
Yet in the goodness and unconditional love of God, they were given the power of repentance and sanctification that would allow them to walk, again, in “newness of life.”
A Savior was promised to them. A Savior who would be a human descendent of Adam and Eve as well as be the Son of God. That Savior would be Jesus Christ and he would be born of a Virgin, live a perfect life, die on the cross to pay the penalty for all our sin, rise from the grave three days later, and ascend into heaven but not before promising to always be with us “in Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit would be ours! Giving us the power for living according to the love of God.
The Holy Spirit using the Means of Grace would give us the power to walk in newness of life on this earth.
That walk leads us into worship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with brothers and sisters in Christ. That walk leads us to the altar to receive the body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, life and salvation. That walk leads us into the world to engage the people we meet with the Gospel of Christ.
That power comes from a splash of water combined with God’s Holy Word – what is called Baptism. In Baptism we are buried with Christ. Our sinful human nature is drowned and dies with Christ. Our sins are buried with Christ.
The power to walk in newness of life comes from the resurrection of Jesus Christ – he came back to life bringing us with him in a newness of life! We walk with Christ to tell others the Good News of Salvation.
Today, I’m hoping to take a walk in God’s creation here on the Illinois prairie and I’ll be thinking about the newness of life that is mine – and yours – and will be praying that we can all walk together, engaging our culture with the eternal love of God!
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have called us to walk in newness of life and have poured out on us your grace and all manner of spiritual and eternal gifts. Help us to live unto you with humility and patience, to hope in your pure grace and faithfulness, to abide in your house, and to praise and magnify your glorious grace forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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