Today's Reading: Romans 6:1-11
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. (Romans 6:4).
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Walk in newness of life. You aren't what you were before. The kids around you cheat, steal, sleep around. That's not you. The people around you hold grudges and backtalk parents and badmouth others. That's not you. The world around you thinks there are all kinds of different gods or else no God at all. That's not you. You have been rescued from sin and death and have died and risen with Christ in your Baptism. The way the world is? That's not you. You walk in newness of life.
Except when you don't. Except when those things listed above are your sins. Your transgressions. Your way of life. There's repentance there. It's repentance, because God's Word is clear and His Law is simple and yet, we just go and do our own thing anyway.
Now it is true that the newness of life of being a Christian means that we should not live the way the world does. But there is something else in that newness of life, something greater. Consider that the newness of life that St. Paul speaks about is because Jesus died and rose to take away our sins and that His death and resurrection are OUR death and resurrection by Baptism into Him.
This means that at the heart of the newness of life in Christ is not our doing everything right but Jesus' having done everything right. The measure of our newness of life is not that we don't sin, but that we live in the forgiveness of sins that is splashed upon us at the font, sprinkling us with the blood of Jesus who died for us.
This doesn't mean we don't try. It doesn't mean we just go ahead and live like the dying world around us. The Spirit is at work to turn us from our sins. But it also means we don't measure how it is with the Lord by how what degree we struggle. Rather, we confess that we live new lives in and through our Baptism into Christ. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
So use it well! You are made new--In Christ, a new creation! As faithful Christians, live and do Within your own vocation, Until that day when you possess His glorious robe of righteousness Bestowed on you forever! (All Christians Who Have Been Baptized, LSB 596:6)