Going Deeper 12-19-19

The second reading for Advent 4…

Romans 1:1-7  1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, 6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Paul begins one of the most important things ever written—his letter to the church in Rome—by sharing the most important news ever proclaimed, the “gospel of God.”  Jesus the Christ, born as the seed of Eve who as promised came to crush the tempter, the prophesied descendent of David, the very Son of God, lived, died and rose again so that we might receive grace and be called saints.   Because of the salvation Jesus has won for us, we dwell in grace and peace.


Don’t lose sight of this ‘reason for this season.’  It is easy for this good news to sound like old news to us who hear it so often.  And that’s only human.  But this profound truth means absolutely everything.  If Jesus had not come as the Light of the world, we would all be dwelling in darkness and face an uncertain future.  But the Light has come to change everything.  We have been changed from enemies of God to children of God, forgiven of all sin and covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  We now “are called to belong to Jesus Christ” and to live our lives in the strength of His Spirit.


Although “peace” is a word we hear often during Advent and Christmas, it can often seem to be elusive.  Guilt and shame can threaten to rob us of peace.  Business and stress can threaten to rob us of peace.  The bad news which seems to be constantly reported over the airways can threaten to rob us of our peace.  But when we remember the truth proclaimed in this text, we can experience the peace that passes all understand, the peace that comes from God alone, the peace that keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


With You in His Peace,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."