4 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. 5 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, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin (Romans 6).
Salvation is about “newness of life” (verse 4) which comes through being “crucified with Him (Christ)” (verse 6) and thus“freed from sin” (verse 7). Sin is so deeply engrained and mortally pernicious and thoroughly metastasized that the only thing that can be done with it is to destroy it. So, God does not just reform sinners, He kills them on the spot, and that spot is the Cross. He sets them free by first nailing them to the Cross. He puts them on the cross with His Son so that they can die and be then born again.
Every true believer has been there with Christ and tasted death; all have drunk from that same bitter cup with Christ, making us all kindred spirits with Him — and also kindred spirits with one another.
God, You have done this, and we make no claim of works. You united us with Christ because we would never have allowed ourselves to be placed on the cross with Him. We would prefer reformation over death, but thank You for killing us so that we might be born again. Help us This Day to walk as crucified — and thus freed — people. Amen.