Romans 6 Sermon

Posted on May 19, 2015 in Sermons

Remember the message of Romans 5 that we dealt with last week?

Our faithful God has come through for us.  God has set us aright. Even when we were at our worst, we were made one with God by the acts of his Son, Jesus.  God is faithful.

Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!  We live out our praises in word and deed!  We practice this good news of faithful rescue and joyful resurrection.

With singing and shouting, with lighting a candle and praying, with serving and sharing, ..with as many ways as we know how, we may show all we meet that,

“Yes!  Our faith in God is justified.  God’s has acted, is acting, and will act in faith and love toward every one of us. Forevermore”

 

Romans 6 goes on to say….So what?  Now what?

 

Hear Romans 6 from the Message version:

  So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!

3-5 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.

 

 

Let me tell you the story of a little boy named David….no, not the Biblical David, another one..a story book David created by children’s book author David Shannon.

This David is a snaggled toothed 5 year old who is always getting into some kind of mischief.

When David Gets in Trouble, he always says “No!  It’s not my fault”

He’s the kind of kid that would ride his skateboard in the house and when he knocked over the table with the lamp, he’d say, “I didn’t mean to!”

He’d go outside to play and decide his idea of fun was batting practice too close to the house.  When inevitably the glass window would shatter, he’d cry, “It was an accident!”

His Dad would get up early to cook up a full breakfast for David and David would look at it with a grimace and say, “Do I have to?”, preferring cereal to eggs and toast.

In a rush to get out the door and to the bus stop, his mom would look up to realize that David was already walking down the sidewalk, but his britches were laying on the floor by his bed.  She’d go running down the street, flagging him down with pants in hand.  David would exclaim, “I forgot!”

He’d get settled into his desk at school and  his teacher would ask him about his homework.  He’d flap his hands high in the air and shout, “My dog ate my homework.”

The school picture came home and David’s parents opened it up to see everyone in the class smiling nicely at the camera.  That is, except for David who made a face like none other they’d seen before captured on film.  David looked at his parents with puppy dog eyes and said, “I couldn’t help it.”

“Where are you, David?,” Mom called out afterschool.  She opened the pantry door to find him crouched on the floor munching on the new treats she’d gotten for the puppy.  “I was hungry!” he’s say with a mouthful of dog biscuit.

The cat knew to run away from David.  Every time he got a chance, he’d pull on her tail and claim “But, she likes it!”

Just before bed, Dad found David creeping into his bedroom with arms full of snacks and treats.  The cup of grape juice didn’t make it all the way to David’s room, it was spilled all over the floor.  “It slipped!”

Mom’s eyes got huge the time that David said that ugly word…and in front of the grandparents too!  “But dad says it!”, he said.  She told him he’d have to wash his mouth out with soap.

On Dad’s birthday, Mom treated the whole family to an Italian Restaurant for dinner.  Mom looked in horror when David belched the biggest burp at dinner.  “Excuse me!”, David hollered.

It was the last straw when Mom got back from the powder room to find that someone had run their fingers through Dad’s birthday cake.  Mom looked and knew immediately from the icing on his face that David was the culprit.  “It wasn’t me!”  David claimed.

Mom and Dad had had it.  That night, they drove home in silence.  What were they going to do with their son?  They tucked him in and read him a story.  “Good night, David” Mom said.

David sat in the darkness of his room.  He tried to go to sleep, but he just couldn’t.  He tossed this way and that.  Something was wrong.  He just couldn’t sleep.

His eyes got big.  He knew what he had to do.  He yelled out, “Yes!  It was Me!”

His parents ran back into the room to see what was the matter.

David was standing by his bed when they got there.

“Mom, Dad, I’m Sorry” he said.

His Parents gave him a hug and tucked him back into bed.  Now, David was finally feeling a little sleepy.

Mom and Dad sang a song, Mom rubbed her son’s head.  Before David drifted off to sleep, he proclaimed, “I love you, Mom.”

The next morning, David woke up to eggs and toast and ate it with a smile.  He not only remembered his britches, he remembered to brush his teeth and hair too.  When he got to school, he helped his teacher prepare the classroom and said please and thank you in the lunch line.  When he got home from school, he asked for an apple and told his mom all about school while he chomped on his snack.  That night, at dinner, he brought in dandelions for the table and helped put away the dishes afterward.  When he went to bed that night, his parents hugged him, they sang a song and rubbed his head.  “Mom, it’s been a good day.”  Yes it has son, yes it has.

 

The good news of the resurrection is that our mistakes do not have a hold of us.  They do not keep us bound.  Jesus reigned victorious over death and over sin and with him, we are able to walk in newness of light.  Held in the Love of Christ, we are able to say we’re sorry, ask for forgiveness, and start again renewed and refreshed.

The scripture says it this way:

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.

That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

Thanks be to God.  Yes, Thanks be to God.