Read Romans 8:1-11

 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

 

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

 

For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law–indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

 

But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

(NRSV)

 

       from Rev. David Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister

 

            “Death cannot keep his prey…He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!”  The words of the hymn may seem a vague fantasy to the rational minds of many of us, who see the signs of death all around.

            Yet even in this day of grave silence, we see the glimmer of the resurrection just beyond the night’s horizon.  It will not be for nothing that we watch and wait this night.  The promise of the empty tomb will be fulfilled.  Let us trust in the One who gives the promise!

 

You are utterly trustworthy, O God.  You do not leave your

chosen one in the dust.  Help us to be open to your surprising

possibilities as we watch and wait through this long night ahead.

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