Sabbath 11/30/13 Pastor Ken Christ Is Our Hope Romans 5:1-5
We are all part of a calendar. There is the church calendar that Christians go by. December 25th is the day we celebrate Jesus’s birthday. Jesus’s birth is our Hope, Joy and Peace. Jesus Christ is Love. In the next four weeks we will look at this through the eyes of Paul in the book of Romans. The Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of Christ.
In verse 1 we exalt in hope. Exalt is getting excited about it. Why? We are excited because we are justified by Faith. Being justified is when God declares us to be righteous. Through Jesus Christ, God says we are justified. Then Jesus gives us Peace. Peace with God. So before we were at war with God but the babe of Bethlehem, Jesus, gave us the Victory! We have an introduction into God’s grace in verse 2. Grace is all about God forgetting our sins. He has forgotten them just as He has forgiven them. We have the Christian Hope in God. Hope with the Lord is as if “it” already happened. “It” being whatever we are praying and waiting on God for!
In verse 3, we exalt God, we glory and we are happy when we are in tribulation. We lift up and celebrate our tribulation because it gives us perseverance and endurance. Jesus said he that endures to the end shall be saved! Perseverance gives us stronger character. It is like taking a precious metal and putting it in fire to burn out the impurities and mess that is in it. It comes out as pure gold. We come out with Hope because God has tested us and we know He will always take care of us. We have Faith in God and have Hope in Him. God lets us go thru tests and trials so we will be fashioned into his instruments of strength.
Hope- the Love of God is poured out within us. God has poured out his Love to us through the baby in Bethlehem, Jesus the Christ. God showed and gave his Love to us thru his son Jesus. Love is poured into us and pours out from us to everybody else around us. We have Hope. We have Hope because we have the Presence of God in us. The Holy Spirit is in us! He is the one that guarantees our inheritance in Christ. Christmas is not just about the Son but it is about the Father and the Holy Spirit that is inside of us. We have Hope in the Lord God Almighty. Once we have Hope, the obligation is not to keep it to ourselves but to share it with others. Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!!!!