And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:12–13 (NIV)

Let’s go on a short hope journey today …

Starting out at Luke 2:29-32, we read, “Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”

Moving onto Ephesians 2:12, we see the Apostle Paul encourages the church remember that at that time you (Gentiles) were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

What people groups do you notice in the passages from Romans, Luke and Ephesians?

Biblically speaking, the world is divided into two people groups: Jews and Gentiles. Jews (Israel) are the descendants of Abraham, the one with whom God made a covenant promise of an eternal possession of land and a Seed (descendants). We discover in Galatians that the Seed (offspring) is Christ. God did not exclude the Gentiles, but planned all along to use the Jews to be the conduit through which to bring His Messiah. The Jews for the most part did not recognize their Messiah, but praise God, we Gentile believers have been grafted in and adopted as children of God!

As we move closer to Christmas 2017, let’s renew and refresh our hope. We have a confident assurance and expectation that God is going to complete our great salvation when Christ returns and gathers His own. After all, we are His body, His church, His bride.

Living It Out – Find a quiet place and speak or write words of confident expectation to Your God. Begin with remembering who He is and what He has already done in your own life. Ask Him to point out your fear and doubts and replace them with truth and hope.

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