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Rev Steve - 15 Jul 2015


 

 Rom 6:3-6/Matt 5:20-26
A man has claimed a small piece of land by trekking across the Egyptian desert in an attempt to fulfill his daughter's wish to become a princess. Jeremiah Heaton, from Virginia, said he wanted to honour a promise made months ago to his seven-year-old daughter, Emily. "While playing one day she stopped and posed a question, 'Daddy, will I ever be a real princess?'" he wrote on his Facebook page. "The only answer I could give my sweet little girl was 'Yes, of course you will be a princess one day'."
 
Even though buying his daughter a Disney dress would be what normal people do, he searched the internet and discovered that a piece of land between Egypt and Sudan remained unclaimed due to age-old disputes between the two nations. The area, which is 800 sq miles and is called Bir-Tawil, is a mountainous region where nobody lives. Mr Heaton travelled 14 hours through the open desert to the area in June, to plant a flag there after he was given permission by Egyptian authorities. He named it the Kingdom of North Sudan.
 
The flag, a golden seal against a blue backdrop, was designed by his children to represent the family. When he came back, Mr Heaton's daughter asked her family to call her Princess Emily!
 
The apostle Paul’s graphic image of baptism is where adoption into the family of God takes place, Christ being king and we being made princes and princess’s, as the picture of burial and resurrection with Christ affords us the God given privilege of becoming children of the king of kings. It is through baptism that we understand we have been crucified with Christ, in doing so we say no to sin because we are no longer under its demands, and so say yes to a life of obedience to Christ, our salvational redeemer, our kingsman redeemer.
 
From the Passover to the cross; God has been saving his people ever since they were created, this time, it was ‘once and for all’ a final act of redemption, ‘one oblation, made once for all, a perfect sacrifice and a holy satisfaction’. What does baptism represent?
 
  1. Jesus brought Provision for our Past. Vs.3 ‘…..
don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death. We were therefore buried with him (past tense) through baptism into death in order, 2 Corinthians 5:14 “one had died for all, therefore all have died”  Christ secured for the believer death to sin but new life in Him. When He died, we died too - representation
 
  1. Jesus gives Position in the Present. Vs. 5 “if we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” Vs.8 “Now if we died with
Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”
And so, the representational work of Christ on our behalf at Calvary (he being the sacrificial lamb) produced the redemptional work of Christ which in turn produces all baptized followers of Christ into new family members of the family of God, as we are baptised into the body of Christ.
 
Ephesians 1.5 ‘having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will’ 
 
Adoption means I have: 1. A new Father– 2. A new Family– 3. A dead Past–  4. A new– Present- 5. 6. A hopeful Future and 7.  a new title princes/princesses.
 
Jesus trekked from heaven to earth, was tortured and punished for our sins on Calvary’s tree; buried dead but rose again to life in order to plant His crested flag upon the soil of our sinful hearts, giving us the choice to ether become resurrected princes and princesses of the King of kings or carry on being beggars to sin and death.
 
We must let the resurrected power of Christ rule in our lives. We say with Paul in - Philippians 3:10 ‘I want to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection’
 
We live through the cross and live out of the resurrection. That is way we are princesses and princes of the king, God’s beloved people of the resurrected new life. Amen.
 
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