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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed. Alleluia! So goes the Easter cry from God's faithful. Jesus' resurrection means that God accepted his sacrifice on behalf of our sins. Sin, death and the devil have been defeated!
It's that truth that empowers the faith that saves us. That's the truth the apostle Paul celebrates in Romans 6:4. In Holy Baptism the Spirit gives us that faith so that Jesus' death is our death and Jesus' resurrection to new life is our resurrection to new life. During this season of Easter we're celebrating and learning all about that new life in Christ.
Our new life in Christ doesn't mean that we won't experience the pain and brokenness of this world or that we won't struggle with sin. On the contrary, we may experience more as Satan tries to convince us to give up. Our new life in Christ means that that we know we've already won and that all of these troubles are just the attempts of a sore loser to discourage us. But we have Jesus' promise in John 10:28, "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." So we keep giving Jesus our sins and struggles. We keep drowning them in those baptismal waters and rising to new life in Christ. In Christ we are unstoppable!
"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." Romans 6:4