I get asked why I write this blog, and I give these three reasons:
- Writing helps me think through ideas so I can better communicate them verbally.
- I enjoy writing and want to get better at it, and having a weekly deadline forces me to write more.
- This blog is another outlet for me to share the good news that Jesus is Lord, that Jesus is good, and that Jesus is worthy of our worship.
These are the main reasons, but today, I am writing for a more selfish reason – I need help believing what I know is true. Jesus rose from the dead, and that changes everything, but I don’t always believe it. That is, I believe this to be true in my head, but sometimes I don’t feel and act in this truth.
I had a disappointing and frustrating weekend, so I am writing today to remind myself of God’s goodness and control over the circumstances of my life.
Romans 5 says this:
“For if while we enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10
I love Paul’s logic. I was an enemy of God in active rebellion against him as king. But despite my rebellion, Jesus endured the cross so that I could be reconciled. If God acted this way when I was God’s enemy, is he suddenly going to stop loving me now that I am reconciled? Of course not!
Romans 15 may be my favorite passage in the entire bible, and it builds on the power of this idea.
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:8-13
Paul quotes Moses, King David, and Isaiah to show that these Old Testament heroes prophesied about how through Jesus, the Gentiles (non-Jews) would also worship the God of Israel. This means that Jesus dying on the cross was not an act of desperation. No, God’s hand was actively orchestrating history to prepare for the life and death of Jesus.
If God orchestrated history out of love for us so that we could be reconciled to God, is he going to stop now that we are no longer God’s enemies? Of course not! This is the point Paul is making in Romans 5. Now that we are reconciled to God, we have even more confidence that God is trustworthy even when we don’t understand what God is doing.
I need to believe this message today.