“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11
There are many moments in life we wish we could get back. When you threw the ball in the house and it just missed the open hands of your sister to break your mom’s favorite lamp. Those hurtful words you said to your girlfriend in anger. The brilliant plan to see if your homemade wings could actually sail you to safety as you leap from the roof. That time you put your foot in your mouth when trying to make a good first impression. All momentary lapses in reason. Quick . . . and painful. Your mom’s wrath, the crushed look on your girlfriend’s face, your broken leg(s), your utter embarrassment.
A series of better moments exist which have led to healing rather than sickness and restoration rather than shame. Moment after moment, Jesus could have made very different decisions. He could have chosen to take a side trip to Bethlehem instead of journeying into Jerusalem. He could have stayed undetected in the upper room where he presided at the Passover with His dear friends. He could have allowed His disciples to defend Him when the garrison came to grab Him. He could have protested to Pilate, hassled with Herod, fought with the Pharisees, squabbled with the Sadducees, contended with the cruel crowd. He could have begged for benevolence at the hands of the sadistic soldiers. He could have declined to carry His cross. He could have hated the horde who demanded His death. He could have given the cold-shoulder to the kleptomaniac dying beside Him. He could have heeded the suggestion of His mockers and miraculously made His flight for freedom. He could have lived.
But then, He would not have been Jesus!
The death He died, He died to sin. Your sin and my sin. His excruciating last moments have worked healing and restoration to all our many moments of epic failures.
So consider yourself also dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus! You have been redefined. All your moments have taken on significance. You are not a failure. You are not a loser. You are not second-rate. You are inestimably cherished by the God who gave you life! You are alive to God! You are worthwhile!
“I build on this foundation,
That Jesus and His blood
Alone are my salvation,
My true, eternal good.
Without Him all that pleases
Is valueless on earth;
The gifts I have from Jesus
Alone have priceless worth.”
If God Himself Be For Me (Lutheran Service Book, 724)