Dying with Christ…
Through Baptism, we share in Christ’s death, but also in His resurrection:
“What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not! How can we who died to sin yet live in it? Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.” -Romans 6:1-5 NAB
The world is a sinful place, but does that excuse us to sin? The total sins of the world are more countless than the stars in the sky, but we must do everything we can not to add to them. The great number of sins reflects the true awesomeness of God’s grace, love, and mercy, but we should not add to it. Instead, we must realize that through our Baptism, we accepted Christ’s death and suffering into our lives so that we may one day share in the resurrection.
With our faith in Christ, we actually experience multiple deaths. First, we will experience a death to self. In other words, we will let go of our lives – our needs, wants, and desires – and give our lives over to God. In that death, we will experience the spiritual resurrection of our hearts as we begin a new life with Christ.
The other death that we will experience is the true death of the body. When our time here on earth comes to an end, our body will cease to exist, but, through our faith in Christ, we have the hope for resurrection into everlasting life with Him. Because of our spiritual death and resurrection, the sacrifices we made here on earth, we can hope to be welcomed into heaven.
According to St. Paul, we do not experience death once, but twice. Long before our body turns back to dust, we must let our sinful past turn to dust first. By preparing our spirits in this way, we join Christ and prepare ourselves for eternal life. Let go of this life, and turn your focus to the next.