As a believer, you are probably familiar with the Apostles' Creed. Part of it says: Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential to the Christian faith. Because it’s so vital, this series of devotionals will help you to understand more clearly the full significance of the death of Jesus. But in these reflections, Derek doesn’t only share theory. These reflections will help you to enter more fully into all that Jesus obtained for you by His death.
The theme of this series is One with Christ and it reflects on our identification with Jesus Christ. To identify with someone means to make yourself one with someone. There are two sides to this process of identification ‑ like the two opposite sides of a single coin, both of them relate to Jesus.
On the one side, Jesus identified Himself with us ‑ with sinners ‑ with the whole fallen human race, with you and me. On the other side, we are invited to identify ourselves with Jesus in all that followed His death ‑ that is, burial, resurrection and even ascension to the very throne of God.
Before we start, take some time to reflect on these wonderful words from the apostle Paul, that speak about the wonderful blessing of our theme ‘identification’:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, NIV)
We trust you will enjoy this new series and be blessed in your walk with the resurrected Christ!