“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:5-7)
Let me give you a great illustration of this. It’s my favorite story of all. When I was about seven years old, I have a distinct memory that will not leave my mind. We went to Arkansas to my grandfather’s ranch to have Thanksgiving dinner. It was one of the last Thanksgivings our family would ever have together. My grandfather told my dad, “Son, go kill the goose.” He looked at me, the only son in our family, and said, “Son, come with me. I’m going to show you something.” I said, “Okay, Dad.”
He grabbed a hatchet and chased down the goose that was going to give its life as a sacrifice for many. He took that goose by the neck, laid its head with its neck over that chopping block (by the way, this is rated PG-13), raised the hatchet up and he said, “Are you watching?” I said, “Yes sir.” And with a quick movement he came down and cut that goose’s head off. He let go of the goose’s head but the goose’s body took off. I mean, it was going everywhere! It was flopping. It was running. He looked at me and said, “Go get that goose.” I said, “I don’t want to get that goose, Daddy.” “Go get that goose, son.” “I’m not going to get that goose, Daddy. That goose is…” And I thought to myself, I hope that goose doesn’t fly. He won’t know where to go. His head’s right here. The goose was dead, but his body didn’t know it.
Do you have the picture? I bet you do. The moment you gave your life to Christ, God cut the sin nature off in your life and has broken the power of sin in your life. The problem is we are looking at the flesh and we think it is still alive. It’s dead! It doesn’t know where it’s going! It’s flopping everywhere! It’s powerless to control your life. Put your eyes on the chopping block where the sin nature was destroyed and severed. Do you understand where I’m looking now? I’m looking at the cross where sin was chopped off in your life. Your focus is not to be on the chopping block but on the cross of Christ. Now, go get that goose!