Today’s Scripture: Colossians 2:11-15
11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
When I was in high school I remember watching an open-heart surgery on PBS. It was the first time such a thing had been shown on TV and I was totally into it. Since then, I’ve watched a lot of surgeries. I know, I’m strange. But it fascinates me.
One of the more interesting surgeries I’ve seen is the removal of a tumor. Here is something that is in and of the body. It lives in the body – if it were sentient, it would believe it was a part of the body. But this tumor should not have been in the body – it was slowly killing the body. It had to be removed, no matter how many “roots” it had put down.
Our false self (sinful nature, flesh, worldly nature – whatever you want to call it) is a part of us. In fact, it thinks that it is the REAL us. And sometimes (most of the time?) we believe it too. But the truth is that this part of us is no better than a tumor. It has to be removed.
If only it were as easy as removing a tumor! You see, we like to hang on to our false self (or it likes to hang on to us!) But it’s not who we really are. We are new creations. We are children of God. The old false self must go.
And that is what Christ has done for us – removed the false self – cut away the sinful nature – buried the old and raised the new.
Now that this has been accomplished, our job is to recognize it – and begin living this new, tumor free life. It’s hard – the old self wants to hang on. But the truth is it’s already gone.
God help us to recognize the new life you have given us. Give us the strength to focus on what is alive and not on what is dead in our lives.