Some Things Jesus Has Done
In verse 10 Paul wrote that the believer is “complete” in Jesus. Some of what that “completion” looks like is listed in verses 11-15: “11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” This is really quite a remarkable list. The reference to “circumcision” is an expression of being set apart, being made a recipient of God’s covenant promises. In the Old Testament circumcision was a sign of belonging to the Jewish race, the covenantal people of God. I want you to focus on verse 13. Note that before Christ you and I were dead in our trespasses. There is no real life apart from Christ. But through Christ we can be made alive together with Him. Our trespasses have been forgiven. Paul pictures the idea of nailing those transgressions to the cross as a way of stating publicly that they have been taken out of the way by Christ. The cross was a very public statement that Jesus was and is the perfect sacrifice for sin and the wrath of God. Jesus paid the price and so the required punishment for sin no longer need apply to those who are in Christ. When we maintain this focus, there is really nothing in this world that can rob us of this joy…only we can refuse to live in the joy that is provided. I pray that this year you live in the joy of forgiveness and new life and that you extend that joy to others.