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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 29 January 2015

All Nations

Romans 15:7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.”
10 And again he says:
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”
11 And again:
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”
12 And again, Isaiah says:
“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
As Romans is winding up the theme is crying out loud and clear. Remember the promise made to Abraham when the nation later known as Israel and now commonly referred to as the Jewish nation was but a twinkle in his eye? The promise was that a Seed would come and through Him all the nations of the earth would be blessed! The Good News was not for the Jews alone. What made them special was that the Good News would come through them.
 
All through the Old Testament there are clear clues from God that His heart is for every kindred, nation, tongue, and people. Rahab the prostitute was rescued from Jericho with her "heathen" family. Ruth was grafted into the family from the "perverse" Moabites. Jonah was sent to "evil" Nineveh with a message of warning, hope, and mercy.
 
Jesus came finally through the line of the circumcision (Israel) but His life, example, and travel took Him across borders and tore every barrier of prejudice clean of their hinges. He was not the Messiah for the Jews but rather the Messiah from the Jews.
 
Every colour, every country, every language, every real and imagined wall erected between men is torn down in Him. In Him is life and peace and love and forgiveness and hope for every being in whom there is breath, ears to hear, a heart to feel, and a desire to say "Lord remember me when you come..."
 
Any time for any reason that you or I treat anyone as less we are agents of destruction and far from His heart. We have all sinned and fallen short of His glory yet He has no favourites and His gift is life never ending...
 
See you tomorrow!

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