We have been crucified with Christ, and we no longer live but Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20). What did you learn this week about what it means to be crucified with Christ?
Christine Q. —
This week has been significant to me, I have learned that my old man was crucified with Christ, so I am no longer a slave to its sin, passions and desires but also alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11-12). Because of this, everything that I do in this walk of faith is not me but Christ in me. Through Him laying down His life for me I can do the same and lay down my life for Him and others. My life is no longer my own but His, so He can do whatever He wants with it. I must choose to walk in this truth daily—to deny myself, take up my cross, and to follow Him (Luke 9:23). By walking through difficult challenges this week it has truly shown me how I cannot do anything on my own strength, that apart from Him I can do nothing.
CJ H. —
I am dedicated to the service and glory of the Lord, and that dedication destroys my selfishness and surpasses ties to my friends and family. The penalty was fully paid. When Christ rose from the dead, I rose, too. Now I can walk, granted the power of the Holy Spirit to please the Father. This week was life-changing!
Devin M. —
To be crucified with Christ means laying down your very being and giving Christ all that we have for the glory of Him. When we except Christ as our Lord and Savior we our showing that we are dead to our old selves and take up the cross daily no matter how hard it is or how much the pain. The physical and spiritual toll that Christ endured for us was the greatest act of love anybody has ever demonstrated, yet while nails were driven through His hands and feet by His own people He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus was scourged and crucified and yet He did no wrong, so I can in knowing this give Him my everything.
Diamond S. —
To be crucified with Christ….What I’ve learned this week is how much I don’t really know what that means. I have only a small glimpse and understanding of what Jesus endured; the shame, the betrayal, the hurt, thinking of just the physical pain! Then the wrath of God...and for a moment the Father looked away from the Son who became our sin...why? For me? What have I done? I was His enemy! I cursed Him and enjoyed my rebellion! I would’ve done the same with the crowd and cheered, “Crucify Him!” But His grace and mercy chased me down and took my heart captive. He took the wrath I deserved. The Lamb of God in my place. What can I do but give my life as a living sacrifice back to Him, Jesus, the lover of my soul?
Erick C. —
To be crucified with Christ means laying down my own. Because I once was dead but now live, this life is no longer mine. I must spend myself completely for the sake of Jesus Christ because He did for me. He did it willingly with His face set like flint. He didn’t try fighting. He took it with joy. I have a cross to pick up and an example to follow, my living hope, Jesus Christ, my Savior.
Gaby E. —
Something that one of the leaders told me during this week impacted me, the part of the verse that says “it is no longer I who live” because I was crucified with Christ when people see me they shouldn’t see me, they should see Christ. Many times I strive and I do things out of my own strength, this week truly understanding that I can’t, apart from Him I can do nothing. He paid the highest price because I couldn’t do it.
Jacqueline S. —
This week I learned that being crucified with Christ means that I do not have to work to die, but that I am already dead because of what He has done for me on the cross. My natural tendency is to revert to works instead of faith. I want to know practically how to get rid of my sin, when the Lord is asking me to abide in Him. It is not my works that will free me from sin, but my faith in knowing that Christ now lives inside of me, so death has no more power over me. My flesh still exists but I no longer have only that to operate from. I now have the power of Christ to draw from. My flesh was crucified with Christ on the cross and I no longer have to strive to kill it, but simply believe and look to Jesus as my Deliverer.
Michaela Y. —
Christ has given me new life through His death and resurrection. This week He showed me that as I have received the gospel, He then is calling me to go and share the good news to the broken, lost and poor who are in need of this glorious truth. As He has laid His life down for me, He is calling me to do the same for others. But this is a work I cannot do apart from Him.
Tyler D. —
What I loved about this week was I learned a lot about Galatians 2:20, that I have been crucified with Christ, and that it's no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. In this I am no longer held by the penalty of the law, I’m no longer bound by the law. The wages of sin is death, and I am much deserving of that. But Christ fully paid that on the cross, almost as if I was on the cross myself because Christ is in me. I’m a new creation, the old has passed away and behold, He is making me new.