My Thoughts. . .
In 1995 a movie was produced starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. It was about a prisoner, convicted of murdering a young couple, who was scheduled to be executed. A prisoner going to his execution was referred to as a “dead man walking.”
In 2019 Jeremy Camp introduced a song titled, “Dead Man Walking” which was not about a murderer walking to his execution. It was about a man who was dead in his sins being redeemed by Jesus. Two different scenarios using the same title. Camp’s song contains a repeat of these words,
“I was a dead man walking
Until I was a man walking with You (Jesus).”
Sean Penn’s character died in the electric chair for his actions. In Jeremy Camp’s song there is also a death involved. However, the death referred to is different from the death in the movie.
1. You and I were dead due to our sins (Romans 3:9-10; Ephesians 2:1).
2. Jesus died to pay for those sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2; 3:5; 4:10; Revelation 1:5).
3. To benefit from Jesus’ death, one must die to his sins. In that death, the old man is buried and therein one follows Jesus in his death (Romans 6:3-4, 10-11; Acts 2:38).
4. One is raised from that immersion into the new life in Jesus (Romans 6:4-11).
5. When raised into that new life, that individual is now dead to sin (Romans 6:2, 11)!
I was a dead man walking in sin. I became a dead man to sin by being buried with Christ into his death. I was raised with Christ into that new life. I am now dead to sin and God has bestowing upon me His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Paul informed the Ephesians that without Jesus they were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Without Jesus one may be active and walking, but he is dead due to his sins. As such he is a “Dead Man Walking.”
Although believers had different opinions about the purpose of water baptism, Jesus submitted to John’s immersion, which was “for the remission of sin,” even though our Lord had none. We follow his example and command to be immersed “for the remission of sin” because we are sinners. Some submit because Jesus commanded it but refuse to acknowledge that it is essential to their salvation. It is admitted that if they refuse to obey Jesus’ command to be immersed, they cannot be saved. Others submit because Jesus commanded it and to be blessed, they obey his instructions.
We are all “Dead Men Walking.” Why we are engaged in that “walk” depends upon which “KIND” of dead man we desire to be.
“Therefore, there is NOW NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).