Rom. 6:4 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.
Mankind was brought into slavery in a garden. We became slaves of sin that first day we turned our backs on God. You may say, “I never did that”. The truth is, we all did. We were in Adam and Eve that fateful day that they ate from the tree, that day, we all died. We died to freedom and were slaves to our own sinfulness until another fateful day in a garden. The day was the day the prison that man had been kept in for thousands of years suddenly burst open. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes that day.
Matt. 28:2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
“Death was being upheaved, and all the bars of the sepulcher were beginning to burst. When the King awoke from the sleep of death, he shook the world; the bed chamber in which he rested for a little while trembled as the heavenly Hero arose from his couch: Behold, there was a great earthquake. Nor was the King unattended in his rising: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven. It was not merely one of the angelic host, but some mighty presence angel, ‘the angel of the Lord’, who came to minister to him on that resurrection morn. Jesus was put in the prison of the tomb as a hostage for his people; therefore he will not break out by himself, but the angelic sheriff’s officer must bring the warrant for his deliverance, and set the captive at liberty. When the angel had rolled back the stone from the door, he sat upon it, as if to defy earth and hell ever to roll it back again. That great stone seems to represent the sin of all Christ’s people, which shut them up in prison; it can never be laid again over the mouth of the sepulcher of any child of God. Christ has risen, all his saints must rise, too.”
This is the greatest news of all time. I am no longer a prisoner, I can never be a prisoner again. The prison door has been blown off, I will never be ensnared again.