Pray to the God of Hope

Posted in Romans, Romans 15

Romans 15:13a-c

Pray to the God of Hope

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction

Verse 13 is a kind and gracious benediction, one of Scripture’s richest verses. Fortunately, its wealth was not exhausted on the Romans. It has meaning for us, too.

Speaking of hope at the end of verse 12 caused Paul to raise a prayer to the God of hope. The Apostle prayed God would grant believers the virtues that it is their duty to possess.

The Bible often links accountability and dependence. God commands us to exercise traits only He can give, thereby making sure we come to Him in prayer.

In the believer, every spiritual grace is of divine origin. Our spiritual garments are never homespun; we are divinely clothed from head to foot.

Rom. 15:13a Now may the God of hope. . .

In this prayer by Paul we learn much about the blessings we are meant to receive. We first notice the Person who blesses. God is the Fountain from which all genuine hope flows. In His grace, God allows all humans to share a portion of hope, this respite from trouble. The lost person’s hope is a small, dwarfed version of the real thing, but it still puts a little sparkle in his or her life.

A hopeless life is a bitter life. When hope is gone, the heart is completely broken. We often say, “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” It would also be proper to say, “Where there’s hope, there’s li

Jesus Is the Savior

Posted in John, John 19

John 19:23-30

Jesus Is the Savior

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

John 19:23 (Holman) When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic, which was seamless, woven in one piece from the top.

Soldiers who served as executioners received the clothes of crucified criminals as compensation for their effort. These garments were all Jesus possessed of this world’s goods. He gave them up for us. The mocking crowd gazed on God’s Son, who was clothed only in total humiliation. Our Master allowed Himself to be undressed that we might someday be dressed in white robes (Revelation 3:18).

Jesus’ robe, instead of being made of separate cloths sewn together, was woven in one piece, without seam. The Old Testament specified the High Priest’s robe had to be woven (Exodus 39:22). The historian Josephus described the High Priest’s robe in the same way as presented in our text. John wanted us to see Jesus is our High Priest, the One who offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice in our behalf.

John 19:24 So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but toss for it, to see who gets it.” They did this to fulfill the Scripture that says: “They divided My clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for My clothing.” And this is what the soldiers did.

The robe’s intricate wea