Monthly Archives: October 2016

Romans 1:4

“and (Jesus) through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4).

What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to us? Surely it means that we have a hope that when we die, we will be given a new body and receive eternal life in God’s new heaven and new earth. But what does this resurrection hope mean for us now – before we come to the end of our lives?

It means that on this earth, the things we do, the things we gather, the people we are, have an eternal perspective. Yes we work, perhaps raise families, gain possessions and learn to live in the world. But these things are not where all of our hope and identity are found. We live, but we know that our true hope is found in the things God has prepared for us, these other things will pass away.

This means that when things go wrong in our lives, we are not crushed because our hope lies secure in the future God has for us. It actually means that there is no situation in our lives that are hopeless.

Death, sickness, starving nations, violence, wars and sadness are real issues for us but they don’t have the last word, because Jesus was raised from the dead!

Romans 1:4

“and (Jesus) through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4).

What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to us? Surely it means that we have a hope that when we die, we will be given a new body and receive eternal life in God’s new heaven and new earth. But what does this resurrection hope mean for us now – before we come to the end of our lives?

It means that on this earth, the things we do, the things we gather, the people we are, have an eternal perspective. Yes we work, perhaps raise families, gain possessions and learn to live in the world. But these things are not where all of our hope and identity are found. We live, but we know that our true hope is found in the things God has prepared for us, these other things will pass away.

This means that when things go wrong in our lives, we are not crushed because our hope lies secure in the future God has for us. It actually means that there is no situation in our lives that are hopeless.

Death, sickness, starving nations, violence, wars and sadness are real issues for us but they don’t have the last word, because Jesus was raised from the dead!

Psalm 18:2-3

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:2-3).

It is when our enemies ‘loom large’ that we most need to hear these words. We face times where many situations of life seem to be crushing and defeating us and we wonder where hope can come from. Everything seems shaky and unreliable and there is no strength or wisdom left in us anymore.
But it is at this point that we are ready to receive the wonderful truth; our hearts are prepared for that incomparable gift of God – faith.

He is our rock. When the waters of frustration and pain rise around us, when nothing within us or around us is reliable, He is firm beneath our feet. Our feet will not slip because they are on Him. Despite the seeming impossibility, we will not be washed away for He is holding us.

He is our Saviour and deliverer. He saves us from all the wiles of evil – even that which springs from our own sinful nature.

When all else is gone, we can call on Him. He is all we have and He is all we need – He alone can save us.

Psalm 18:2-3

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:2-3).

It is when our enemies ‘loom large’ that we most need to hear these words. We face times where many situations of life seem to be crushing and defeating us and we wonder where hope can come from. Everything seems shaky and unreliable and there is no strength or wisdom left in us anymore.
But it is at this point that we are ready to receive the wonderful truth; our hearts are prepared for that incomparable gift of God – faith.

He is our rock. When the waters of frustration and pain rise around us, when nothing within us or around us is reliable, He is firm beneath our feet. Our feet will not slip because they are on Him. Despite the seeming impossibility, we will not be washed away for He is holding us.

He is our Saviour and deliverer. He saves us from all the wiles of evil – even that which springs from our own sinful nature.

When all else is gone, we can call on Him. He is all we have and He is all we need – He alone can save us.