John 17:20-21 – I (Jesus) do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Ephesians 5:31-32 – For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church.
Romans 6:4-5 – Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:57 – Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In every hockey game, there are only two teams. One team wins, one team loses – or to put it as is often quoted – you win as a team, you lose as a team. Even if you have a terrible game or playoff series and don’t contribute, if your team wins – you win. On the flip side, even if you pour out all your energy, but your team loses – you lose. Team matters – and it matters which team you’re on.
It’s a profound thing to consider that those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, who hold Him as their treasure, have been united with Him. The depth of this is tough to understand. In John 17 Jesus prays that we would be one with Him, as He is one with the Father. In Ephesians 5 the apostle Paul uses marriage to illustrate our link, our being united, with Christ. In marriage, two become one. ‘This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church.’ To simplify it in a way a hockey player can understand – we’re on His team.
The impact of this is life and death. In Romans Paul explains that because we are united with Christ - because we’re on His team - we get the benefits of what He did. When Jesus died to sin once and for all, His team died to sin once and for all (Romans 6:10-11). When Jesus rose from the dead, His team was guaranteed to rise from the dead (Romans 6:5). When Jesus lived a perfect life, His team is credited with being righteous (Romans 4:22-24). When Jesus conquered death, the His entire team was victorious. 1 Corinthians 15:57 – Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus made it clear that there are only 2 teams in life. Matthew 13:30 – He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters
. And Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it
. Jesus’ team wins - the other team loses. Even if you work your hardest, it won’t be enough to win the game – you need to be on the right team.
It is unity with Christ in His victory that gives us sure hope. Hebrews 6:19 – This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast
. This amazing gift of eternal life, freedom from sin, and a relationship with the Creator is not something we earn – it’s something our Teammate earned. Acts 2:21 – And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
. Anyone who calls on Jesus is put on His team. Win as a team, lose as a team.
What does being united with Christ mean to you?
If you are on His team – how does knowing you have ‘died to sin once and for all’ impact the way you live?
For additional reading see Romans 6:1-14, Romans 8:16-17, Romans 8:35-39
Posted on Tue, May 27, 2014
by Todd Lohstreter filed under