This morning the key to all you and I will ever be is summed up by two words “in Christ”. Our identification with Him in His work on the Cross brought us salvation. Our continuing with Him brings everlasting rewards.
When we were saved we became born again Christians. A Christian is one who is “in Christ”.
Jesus tells us the secret to being “in” Him. Open with me to John 15 as Jesus invites us into living His life – the Christian Life. The Christian Life is being “in Him”. To be in Christ is to abide in Him.
John 15.1-7 repeatedly tells us we are “in” Him. That is the basis for our abiding.
How does it continue into daily life? Paul addresses that in Galatians 2.20.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. NKJV
Now let me translate this vague concept of being “crucified” with Christ --into a very vivid, sobering, and life transforming reality.
In the justice of the
The word for staking the criminal to the crime to execute him is the same word that is used for crucifixion. Only when Paul says we are crucified with Christ, nailed with Him, attached with Him a reverse effect is implied. In the Roman torture the dead one transferred their death to the living one and they died. In Christ our death is absorbed by Him, our sin is taken, our stench is removed with our evil, and our decay – and we in turn receive from Him His life, His health, His fragrance, His power, and His righteousness.
Attached to Christ we begin to see His life lived out in us. Our hands attached to Him do His bidding, our feet go as His went, our eyes see as His saw, and so on.
Romans 6:1-6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 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. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. NKJV
The Roman death by staking meant eye to eye, face to face, body to body in a horrible transference of death. In Christ we find that being planted together with Him, crucified with Him means that we now are staked to Him so that His compassion and kindness can flow from us.
Mouths crucified/staked to Christ speak His way. Jesus spoke compassionate and healing words. Remember how He spoke?
- Luke 4:22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” NKJV
- John 7:46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” NKJV
- John 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” NKJV
When He speaks through us as we abide in Him our words become energized and empowered by Him.
- Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. NKJV
- Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. NKJV
When abiding in Him my mouth becomes a tool God uses to spread His love and compassion. But most of all – to witness His life and forgiveness offered through His salvation.
Give your mouth to Jesus. Let Him guard it and then fill it, and then use it!
Hands crucified/staked to Christ touch as He touched. Jesus touched others with love, kindness, and acceptance. Remember His Hands?
Jesus came to do God’s will, so His hands were extended to do what His Father wanted done.
- John 4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. NKJV
- Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’ ” NKJV
So what happened with those hands given to God? They were constantly stretched out for the good and glory of God. Watch Christ's Hands and Matthew saw them.
- THE UNCLEAN WERE TOUCHED: Matthew 8:3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. NKJV
- THE HOPELESS WERE TOUCHED: Matthew 9:20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. NKJV
- THE BLIND WERE TOUCHED: Matthew 9:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” NKJV
- THE SICK AND TROUBLED WERE TOUCHED: Matthew 14:36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. NKJV
- THE FEARFUL WERE TOUCHED: Matthew 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” NKJV
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