Welcome to Prayer Station Number Five
Looking forwards: We know it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
Read: Romans 6 1-14
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin – 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
What is this passage saying? Is it speaking to your head or to your gut / your heart / your whole life?
A video here is from Hans, our Mission Partner in the Czech Republic. Reflecting on Easter Day, he talks about our expectations of God (among other things). 10 mins.
As we live in the light of Good Friday and in anticipation of Resurrection Sunday, what can we learn that might inform us in the age of Covid19?
A later chapter…
There is something about knowing that Christ’s work on earth is FINISHED, but knowing that we have yet to experience the complete fullness of his promise. Similarly with the coronavirus…. As Christians we know that nothing can pluck us from the Father’s hand once we have been re-born and re-created. And yet the fullness of heaven is something that we await and do not yet experience. So, the frailty of ill-health is still something that is a reality for us even if we know we are already seated in the heavenlies with Christ.
And we live in a world that longs for hope, the hope we see in Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, ascended, Lord of all time and space.
In the meantime, we live in the in-between: for now, this day, in this land, ‘we will serve the Lord’ (Joshua 24: 16), we will call on God’s name, make known God’s deeds, tell of God’s wonderful works and Glory in God’s holy name. (1 Chronicles 16: 8f)
As you live in thankfulness for the light of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection and in joyful anticipation of Christ’s second Coming, how is God calling you to live?
What habits and patterns might he be asking you to lay down, and what habits and patterns might he be asking you to take up?
Where will you record that, so that you don’t forget it as soon as this current era moves past?
End this session with the song below