For too long, you have been held captive in a prison that you were unable to escape from, but God had favor over your life, and He sent His only begotten Son down to free you from that prison. Jesus took on your sins, my sins and the sins of the whole world as He was nailed to an old rugged cross, then He went down into the prison of hell took the keys from Satin and rescued us from the penalty of death. Now we can raise our hands high to the sky, open our mouths wide and say, free at last, free at last, thank God all mighty, I am free at last.
That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.