Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Life Revised

Last week, I received an email from Lutheran Hour Ministries promoting their new radio program for women called “Life Revised.” This title started me thinking that this is an appropriate description for all Christians, for all of us our lives have been literally redone in Christ. In the publishing world, it is common to find revisions of books particularly textbooks. The revisions usually update information, correct mistakes, or even change how things look. In a way, this is what Christ has done for us. He has taken the original edition of our life and revised it by editing out our mistakes, updating the information, and changing how our life looks so that when the Father looks at our lives he does not see a sinner but a saint recreated in Christ. Paul actually describes this process happening in something I think too many of us take for granted, Baptism. In the letter to the Romans Paul writes, “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.” (Romans 6:4) When we were baptized, the Holy Spirit revised our lives by joining us to Christ and replaced our faulty story with perfect edition of Jesus’ righteous life, death, and resurrection. Thanks be to God that He loved us enough to freely give us a Life Revised.

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