"The Night I Died"

September 27, 2021 | By Chuck

             It was a cold January night in 1993 when I died.  I know that sounds strange, but it’s the truth.  I died that night and I try to remind myself of that every day.   “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom.6:3-4). 

            When one is baptized into Christ he or she dies to self and sin.  That’s exactly what happened to me in January 1993.  I died that night when I was baptized and from then on, my life has been about Jesus.  I try to remind myself daily of my death at baptism and that I’m now dead to sin.  “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom.6:11).   The old man of sin dies at baptism and a new sinless person is born in Christ. 

            “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).  The Hebrew writer is referring to each person’s appointment with physical death.  We understand that we will all die someday and that is a scary and intimidating thought for some.   But, if you have experienced death to sin and self at baptism, physical death shouldn’t be of concern.  Once we’re baptized into Christ, we have the promised gift of God which is eternal life.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom.6:23).  The night I died in baptism was really the night I was born again and truly began to live. 

            Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.   Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Jno. 3:3, 5).