April 16, 2020

United with Christ in His Resurrection

Devotional by: Ned Eerdmans

“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” ~ Romans 6:5

Our union with Christ is the basis of the entire gospel. Our union with Christ makes salvation, forgiveness, transformation, and eternal life a promised reality. When Jesus tells us that he is the vine and we are the branches and that apart from him we can do nothing, we realize that our new life is completely and wonderfully dependent upon our union with Christ.

This past week, we celebrated Easter. It was an extraordinary and unprecedented day. We had to celebrate our union with Christ and each other…separately. And yet, our union with Christ still brought us together. God’s promises are never more real, all because of our unbreakable union with Christ.

In the way that Jesus died and then rose from the dead, we are called to unite ourselves with Christ and die to our old life so that in Christ we can rise again to new life through union with Him. This is what’s beautifully symbolized in our baptisms. In fact, in his letter to the Roman church, Paul uses the example of our baptism to portray our union with Christ:

“We were therefore buried with him in baptism unto 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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:4-5)

Union with Christ brings hope. We are not alone. Even in difficult times, we have union with Christ and access to God. Paul talks about this union like this—“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). These are tough and insecure times. Embrace your union with Christ and tie your future to him.

Union with Christ brings life. As Christ’s death led to resurrected life, so our union with Christ brings our own death and resurrection. Paul wrote to the church of Galatia, “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). We’re going to continue to live through this because we receive new life from Jesus all the time.

We hope that God gives you life giving reminders of his new life. We hope that you will depend upon your union with Christ to provide the encouragement, strength, patience, and hope we all will need in hard times.

Passages for Further Study
Galatians 2:18-20
Phillipians 3:7-11
Colossians 2:12-15