"If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with
him in his resurrection."
Combining lives is scary. Pre-marital counseling asks the question, Will you be a good match for each other? Rachel and I come from completely different kinds of families. I was raised in a missionary family in Mexico while Rachel grew up in California most of her life. Many things about us seemed opposite, like my being one who went to sleep early and woke up early while Rachel loved nighttime and sleeping in. How could our lives fit together?
Often this is how we feel in our union with Christ. As His Bride we feel awkward because we don’t seem to belong together. Jesus is righteous, and we know ourselves well enough to know that we are not. Jesus speaks truthfully; so often we do not. Jesus loves us sacrificially; we forget we even belong to Him. Are we a good match? The promise from Scripture is that “we have died and our lives are now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). So even when we feel least likely to be fitting for our Savior, He continues loving us despite
OUR UNION WITH CHRIST COMPLEMENTS US. IN THE WAYS THAT WE ARE FINITE AND NEEDY, HE SERVES US AND MAKES