“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 NIV
Looks can be deceiving. Yes, Jesus became human, but in reality, we are not like Jesus. We’re human, Jesus is human and divine. We’re sinners, Jesus has never sinned. Jesus forgives perfectly, our forgiveness is imperfect. Anyway, the verse above reminds us that even though we’re not like Jesus in so many ways, we will be treated like Jesus and receive what Jesus received. It says that we were buried with Jesus through baptism. And as a result, “JUST AS” Jesus was raised from the dead, we will live a new life. JUST AS! Not sort of, kind of, or similar, JUST AS. Imperfect new life now on earth, and perfect new life in eternity. The great thing about faith is that it gives us what Jesus has. We may not experience it perfectly here in this sinful world, but we will when we pass from this vale of tears to the perfection of heaven. Though we’re not perfect like Jesus, through faith we get His perfection. Though we’re not holy, we’re clothed in the holiness of Christ and welcomed into the perfection and holiness of heaven. It doesn’t seem fair. Jesus never sinned, but took our sin on himself to the cross. We’ve never been holy, but because He died and rose, we are clothed in His holiness. An unfair exchange, but one we can be grateful for. Thank God that He gives us what Jesus earned!