Thursday of Easter Week

Today's Reading: Colossians 3:1-7

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 17:1-16; Hebrews 11:1-29

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You have died. You've been raised. That's who you are. You're baptized. That's how you were killed and made alive in Christ. "The water your Baptism day Restored again whatever Old Adam and his sin destroyed And all our sinful selves employed According to our nature." (LSB 596:3) You are 100% alive in Christ.

Yes, "you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Did you catch that? Your resurrected life is "hidden." It's hidden because, while you are 100% alive in Christ, that's only part of the story. Yes, your Old Adam was drowned in Baptism, but in this life he still hangs around your neck. He keeps coming back like a bad penny. You are 100% dead in Adam.

Adam works all sorts of things: "sexual immorality, uncleanness, passion, evil lust, and covetousness, which is idolatry" (Colossians 3:5). We're surrounded by all this in the world. Our flesh, our old frat boy, Adam, loves to do all those things and more!

But he's been put to death. Why live in such things at all? You truly have died, and your life is in Christ. It is! How can it not be? He was dead. Now He lives forever and ever. So do you, in Him. You've died and have been raised in Holy Baptism. That's who you are before your heavenly Father: His baptized child.

In this life you are 100% saint in Christ, but still 100% sinner. You've died. You've been raised. One day, your Last Day, when you breathe your last, it will be the last breath for your Old Adam. He will die and never come back, but you will. Your body will be raised. Christ will do it. You'll be raised up 100% "to live before God in righteousness and purity forever, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity," and that's a story that goes on forever. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

O fill us Lord, with dauntless love; Set heart and will on things above That we conquer through Your triumph; Grant grace sufficient for life's day That by our lives we truly say: "Christ has triumphed! He is living!" Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! (Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds, LSB 465:3)

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