Crucifixion = Invitation

In reading Mark's account of the crucifixion I am reminded of some of Paul's writing about what dying with Christ means for us. Jesus dying on the cross was an amazing act of salvation and also an invitation to us.. An invitation to join him in a new life -- free from sin and death. 

On my walk with Jesus I still make mistakes. I still sin. I am always learning and growing and becoming more and more like Him by the power of the Spirit transforming me. In times when I am discouraged and frustrated by struggling with the same mistakes and sins these scriptures give me great comfort. 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. -Romans 6:6-11

I am not a slave to sin. I am a child of God. Death is not my master. Sin is not my master. I am set free. Christ lives in me. I am alive. I believe in Jesus. I am thankful he gave himself up for me. I believe he defeated death once and for all. I have power because he lives in me. 

I hope you've accepted Jesus' invitation. I hope you can walk with confidence knowing that Christ lives in you and you're free from sin and death. 

Bethany