June 17, 2008

Hope in Christ

Today passage Ephesians 2:11-14 is hard to write about. Gentiles were "separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world," but now in Christ Jesus are brought near buy the blood of Christ. He is our peace, and He made Jews and Gentiles one. It's pretty self explanatory. Before Christ we were lost. Thanks to His blood, and the rejection of Jesus by the Jews, Gentiles and Jews can have salvation.

There is one phrase in there that jumped out to me today, "having no hope and without God in the world." Everyday, there is the hope of heaven and eternity with God, for those of us who believe. And even in this world, as a believer I can see God's common grace on everything. But for the non-believers, there is no hope, there is no grace. Hopelessness is not uncommon. I think back to my time working in the jail, I've never seen such hopelessness before. Even in my time prior to the jail, I didn't recognize the levels of hopelessness and desperation that were in the jail.

But there is hope. Jesus blood was given to the Gentiles. Everyone has access to it. God's grace is available to all who choose Him. There can be hope.

Praise God for His Son.