I've never spent time inside of a grave. I imagine it's dark. Cold. Damp. Perhaps there are a few creepy crawlers that call it their home.
This is not place for a living human being. It's only for the dead.
That's why Jesus was there. He was dead. His lifeless body now called this dungeon of death, its home.
But he wasn't the only one there.
You were too.
Romans 6:3-4 says it this way, "Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death."
Baptism is powerful. It's a washing with water into Jesus. Jesus who died. Jesus who was in the tomb for the dead. Jesus who took our sins to the grave.
And left them there.
Think about it:
Your sinful selfishness? Dead on the floor in the tomb.
Your vicious jealousy? Over in the dark stale corner.
Your outright rebellion against God? Powerlessly lying on the floor. Without any air to breathe.
But Jesus? He's alive. And in Baptism you're alive too! Powerfully, miraculously, supernaturally alive.
All because of Jesus who cannot be held back even when dead in a tomb!
So why act dead when you're alive?
Read the rest of Romans: "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
Live that new life. Leave your sin in the grave. Follow your living Savior out of that tomb!
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you so much for taking my disgusting sinful nature to the tomb. Thank you for burying it there and leaving it behind. What a glorious truth that means I now live a new life. Through baptism into your name, sin has no power over me! Praise and thanks be to you. Help me to live with power over sin this week and always. Amen.