God of Hope

They were all mixed up. The Jews were no longer just the Jews. They were now mixed with the Gentiles. The death of Christ ripped the curtain in the temple that separated the Holy of Holies to all else. Now, God and his presence are available to all.

But when they said “all”, we don’t just mean all of the Jews. We mean all. So now all can come to God. The God that had originally only been the God of the Jews is now also the God of the Gentiles as well through Jesus Christ.

So they were mixed up. All together. Different cultures and different races that didn’t normally come together around one person, the person of Christ. God who showed himself in the flesh as a human, named Jesus Christ. This one person brings everyone together, regardless of their background, their race, their culture. They come together in one hope, the hope that they will be saved from the wrath of God as he brings judgment upon the world.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Paul writes this to the church in Rome in the hope that the God of hope will give them all that they need. They need joy and peace in the midst of the turbulent world, the turbulent life that they are living. God is the God of hope, a hope that we receive by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us and reveals to us the hope that God provides.

This is the same hope that we have today. We place our faith in Christ because our God has come to earth to rescue us, to give himself for us, so that we can enter into his kingdom, so that we can live for him, so that he will receive the glory forever. May we continue to have hope in our God that he will fulfill his promises!

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