Newness of Life

For the past few days, I was itching to paint a floral illustration, my friend Zoe's baptism was coming up so I took the opportunity to make her a card. Here, I used gouache tubes but instead of using them like a watercolor, I used them as an acrylic. I've been having a hard time water paining florals, so I decided to go a different direction. The quote is a bible passage from the book of Romans. In context, the entire passage says,

"Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 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."

I chose this passage, because I've been really encourage by how God has been working in Zoe's life. The person she is today is completely different from the person I knew a few years ago. For the Christian, baptism symbolizes that we have died to our sin (submersion into the water) and now live a new life as we follow Jesus (emersion from water). It is parallel to how Jesus died for our sins yet he didn't remain dead in the tomb, he rose again, which proved he was able to defeat sin and death. Thus, if Jesus is alive today, it means he has power to help us defeat sin and death because he has already done it. 

Although believing that Jesus is alive today requires faith, faith should not be completely blind. Faith in Jesus is sustained by knowing firsthand the power it has to transform your life. I continue to have faith in Jesus because I know that who I am today is not consistent with who I once was. 

Suzi Chang