Oct. 15, 2020, Romans 1:1-7
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but it’s election season. One of the ways you can know this is by the perpetual TV ads and the flyers that stuff your mailbox if, like me, you have the bad habit of not getting your mail every day.
At my house, we are also in the season of college flyers from literally all over the country because I have both a high school senior and junior, and the influx is relentless. But this inundation of paper has a purpose, and the purpose is to introduce you to someone or something that you aren’t familiar with - say a candidate or a college - and to win you over to their side, or at least make you curious to learn more.
In the opening verses of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman church, he says about Jesus, “…he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Paul is certainly trying to pique the curiosity of anyone who hears his letter into learning more.
Paul has much to unpack in the book of Romans, but first he wants to get your attention and he wants everyone in Rome to know that the Good News he is sharing is not just something for the Jews, but it’s for them as well. And because of Jesus, ALL are called to become part of God’s family. Paul will unpack what that means in the rest of the letter - but even in just these verses, whatever it is, it sounds pretty good.
Questions for reflection:
- Read John 3:16. It’s simple and you likely know it by heart. But sit in that verse with God today, and consider the extraordinary grace that God has shown us in giving us Jesus.
- Do you remember when Jesus became real for you? How did God reveal his son to you and open your eyes? Spend some time thanking God for getting your attention.
- Can you imagine what might be different in your life if it weren’t for Jesus? How is God, even today, keeping you close to him?