Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/26/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Howard UMC
Parsons District
Independence: First UMC
Parsons District
Independence: Grace Memorial UMC
Parsons District
Liberty UMC
Sycamore UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 6:6-11 

We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Today's Devotional

The actual resurrection of Jesus is something that is very hard for us to wrap our minds around.  We have the story of Jesus’ resurrection (four versions of it, in fact) recorded in the New Testament.  We have the traditions of what we call Easter burned into our memories – or at least we do if we grew up in the church.  But if we are honest with ourselves, we find the whole story just as unbelievable as did the disciples when they encountered the empty tomb.

However unbelievable it might be, though, Christ crucified and raised from death is the foundation of all that we claim as his followers.  In the letter to the Romans, Paul picks up the theme of just what Jesus’ resurrection means for us.  That is, if we are believers then the person we were before we believed has also been crucified with Jesus.  That, indeed, we are raised from that death into a life that is different than what it was.  This is part of what is celebrated in the Sacrament of Baptism – being buried in the water of baptism and raised from those waters with Christ to a new life.

Every time I have celebrated a baptism or led a service of baptismal remembrance, I have been conscious of the reenactment of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Most of the baptisms I have celebrated have been for infants and young children, or for adults who made a decision to accept Christ, using water from the font.  But there have been a couple of immersion baptisms – for teenagers who wanted to be baptized in the local river.  I find it quite difficult to put someone under the water and raise him/her back up from the water without fully understanding the image of being buried and raised with Jesus.  I also see more clearly that in dying with Christ we are also invited to live with Christ.  The Sacrament of Baptism helps bring the resurrection to reality for me.
Rev. Robbie Fall, retired Elder
                                                                                                Hutchinson, KS


Prayer for Reflection

From the waters of baptism, Lord, bring us to better understanding of your faithfulness in raising Jesus from death and for showing us the way to life in him.  Amen


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