Anchor passage

Posted by Matt Lane on September 24th, 2013 filed in Bible Reading, Christian Living

Romans chapter 5:1-11

Do you have an anchor passage in the Bible? I have a couple of them but in the last several years I have come to love and really savor this passage. The richness is deep and full yet very much on the surface for me to grasp a hold of. It’s my go to passage for myself and for others that I try to help through difficult times.

I love this passage because of its culmination of the first 4 chapters of Romans. Paul spends a lot of time in those first few chapters talking about God’s wrath and judgment, sin, the law, righteousness and faith. The roller coaster of a ride Paul takes you on is breath taking and then you get to chapter 5 and for me, it’s a big ahhhhhh. I have peace with God! Amazing!

That first verse picks me up and catapults me out of my occasional down times and lands me on my feet. These down times are me usually wondering what in the world I’m doing with life. And then I read this promise and remember that I have PEACE with God through Jesus. Peace means not war. Peace means God doesn’t want to squash me like a bug. Peace means God is not out to get me. Peace means God is on my side. Peace means I get to go on. Peace means God wants me to go on.

To go even further, knowing that ultimately this peace has come about because of Jesus is both humbling and a kick in the pants. How is this through Jesus? He lived the life that I aspire to, he endured the pain that I don’t have to, he died the death to pay the punishment my sin demands, and he resurrected so that I can have the free gift of eternal life. That is motivating to me! Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is life giving to me both spiritually and emotionally. I can rest spiritually that I have “obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand” and I can “rejoice in hope of the glory of God. “.  Emotionally I can rest because “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Verses 7 and 8 take my incredulousness to even higher heights. God pursued me when I hated him? He sent a rescuer for me even when I didn’t want or know I needed rescuing? Who does that? Backing up to verse 6 it says that “at the right time Christ died”. Come on! So God had this plan all along and knew when he needed to have Jesus die and it happened exactly as he planned. Why would a perfect, just, loving God do that for anyone and why me? Verse 8 says ”God shows his love for us”. That is like the understatement of all time. It’s incomprehensible. It’s almost ridiculous. But that’s MY God! He is much bigger than my puny brain and I will be content to “rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

If there was more space for them, there is suffering and justification and reconciliation oh my!

I find this passage to be an anchor. I find God shouting to me that my hope does not put me to shame, because his love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit who has been given to me. Rock. Solid. Anchor.


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