JESUS THE SAVIOR: OUR HOPE
OUR LORD, OUR GOD! “But now in Christ Jesus…” –Ephesians 2:13
Almost everyone reading One Bread, One Body is a Gentile, that is, not Jewish. In the Bible, we Gentiles were described as:
- having “no part in Christ” (Eph 2:12),
- “excluded from the community of Israel” (Eph 2:12),
- “strangers to the covenant and its promise” (Eph 2:12), and
- “without hope and without God in the world” (Eph 2:12).
“But now in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:13), we Gentiles:
- “have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13),
- have been reconciled to God “in one body through His cross” (Eph 2:16),
- “have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Eph 2:18),
- “are strangers and aliens no longer” (Eph 2:19),
- “are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph 2:19),
- “form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Capstone” (Eph 2:20),
- are “a holy temple in the Lord” (Eph 2:21), and
- are “a dwelling place for God in the Spirit” (Eph 2:22).
Jesus has changed our nature and changed our future. He has changed us from weeping in the night to rejoicing with the dawn (Ps 30:6). He has changed our mourning into dancing (Ps 30:12). He has changed our lives from living death (see 1 Jn 3:14) into eternal life. Thank Jesus. Love Jesus. Worship Jesus. Live and die for Jesus.
PRAYER: “Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All!”
PROMISE: “It will go well with those servants whom the Master finds wide-awake on His return.” –Lk 12:37
PRAISE: St. John, a lawyer and a governor, offered his intellect and life to Jesus and became a fruitful preacher.