Last night I had the privilege of leading our Sunday evening service at PBC. I have had this ‘sermonette’ on Romans 5:1-11 brewing in my mind and taking shape on paper for a few weeks. In the sermon from Sunday morning, Pastor Rick mentioned rejoicing that our eyes had been opened to the idolatry we were once engulfed in, before being rescued by Christ. Picking up on the idea of rejoicing, I thought I’d share the below with the body at the evening service in hopes that they would be compelled, encouraged and challenged by God’s truth to always be rejoicing as they walk with Christ.
Rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God, Rejoicing also in our sufferings and Rejoicing in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Looking back to the past:
“…Since we have been justified through faith…”
Rejoicing in the present: (“Rejoice” means take confidence in or boast)
- “…we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God…” (v.2)
- Why does God do all things? For His own glory!
- There is great hope in knowing God will keep all His promises to the end.
- What He has begun, in justification, He will complete in sanctification.
2. “…we also rejoice in our sufferings…” (v.3)
- Not “rejoice for our sufferings”.
- We spend billions on medications to relieve suffering.
- We rejoice because of what sufferings produce (perseverance, character, hope – which does not disappoint).
3. “…we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus…” (v.11)
- God is the one from whom all blessings flow. Even if He had never done anything, it would be right* for us to rejoice in Him.
- “Are we finding meaning in the things of this world or finding meaning in God alone?” (from this morning’s message)
- “We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!” E. Peterson
Looking forward to the future:
- Hope is mentioned repetitively in this passage! (v. 2, 4, 5)
- …how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through [Christ]!
- …how much more…shall we be saved through his life!
At least one practical application from all this rejoicing: Next time someone asks you, ‘how’s it going?’ Answer with “I’m rejoicing!”
*Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love (Psalm 33:1-5, NIV).