HopePaul wrote his letter to the Romans during the reign of Rome’s fifth emperor, Nero Augustus Germanicus, who was born on this day in 37 AD (He...
“And again, Isaiah says: ‘There shall be a root of Jesse; and He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in Him the Gentiles shall hope.’” Romans 15:12 NKJV
Paul wrote his letter to the Romans during the reign of Rome’s fifth emperor, Nero Augustus Germanicus, who was born on this day in 37 AD (He simply became known throughout history as “Nero.”)
Soon after he became emperor in 54 AD, Nero struggled with his mother for power, and eventually had her put to death. Gradually, Nero became even more egocentric. Historian Michael Grant writes how Nero was driving a team of horses at the Olympic games when he was “hurled out of his chariot.” Nonetheless, he was awarded first prize and the judges (who knew what really happened) were rewarded handsomely.
In 64 AD, a fire burned much of Rome. As the historian, Tacitus, described, rumors began spreading that Nero started the fire. To deflect this rumor, Nero blamed Christians. As a result, many believers were martyred. Some were tortured and suffered in many painful ways.
It was to these Romans that Paul had written about the importance of hope for the believer. He reminded them of the prophecies of Isaiah that a Messiah would come. That God would provide hope for His people and even for Gentiles.
Paul wanted the Romans to know that, because of Jesus, we can have hope in every circumstance (Romans 5:3-5). Paul closed this letter by writing, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
The story of the birth of Jesus reminds us that God is with us. That He cares. That we can have hope. Remember, in every situation, you can trust Him. He is with you. If you hope in Him, you will not be disappointed.
PrayerFather, thank You that I can put my hope in You and that You never will disappoint me. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen me. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Pray that God would open up more doors for the Gospel for Inspiration Ministries.
Extended ReadingRomans 15