At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. Jeremiah 3:17 ESV
My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. Psalm 62:5 (NKJV)
Hope of Glory In the thorns Piercing Again and again And again I remember My shame But You You remember Your Word Your Promise Steadfast and Sure to us all In the thorns Piercing Again and again And again You wake Me up to shalom A peace passing All understanding I am set free At the Cross In Your blood Shed for all Where You clothe us In Your boldness And courage In leaves of healing For the nations A new heart Of flesh in us Waking You wholeheartedly Grow us up Into the Head To do Your works You bind us together Firm and secure In our setting apart In love everlasting You remind us You alone complete The works You begin You create in us A clean heart And a right spirit In Christ alone You prepare for us In the presence Of our enemies A table of grace In this waiting You gather us Your Body Together in yearning Sending out Your Living and active Word of comfort To each other You bathe us in Your compassions That faileth not To comfort each other From the comfort You have given us We learn To abide To unfold In the thorns To the sound Of Your waterfalls Crashing upon The Rock By Your Word Seeds of life In good soil You are sowing In Your light Of truth And grace Your Body's in labor Contracting And releasing A fragrant Offering Your Perfume's Wafting Before a throne Of grace In pure intercession From death New life arising For us to know You You're unfolding And releasing The sound Of singing Your prisoners Of hope In fresh strength We're rising as eagles As You remind us We are seated In heavenly places With You already In the presence Of our enemies You speak Peace be still In each And every Thorn You remind us You are The Rose of Sharon Among the thorns Awaking More Mercies New every morning Blooming More Compassions That faileth not Blooming More Faith In our faithlessness Blooming More Love Casting out all fear Blooming More Perseverance And character Blooming For in each And every thorn We take eat And drink of You: Our warm bread And cup of life We join You In Your suffering To remember You reign supreme In each And every thorn Our steadfast Hope In all affliction: Jesus! Our expectation Is from You, oh LORD Wait in silence, soul For your God alone! For from Him alone The Son of Man Springs your Hope eternal.
Romans 5 Good News Translation
1 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! 3 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.
6 For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. 7 It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. 8 But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! 9 By his blood we are now put right with God; how much more, then, will we be saved by him from God’s anger! 10 We were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! 11 But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends.
Adam and Christ
12 Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned. 13 There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. 14 But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, death ruled over all human beings, even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam did when he disobeyed God’s command.
Adam was a figure of the one who was to come. 15 But the two are not the same, because God’s free gift is not like Adam’s sin. It is true that many people died because of the sin of that one man. But God’s grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to so many people through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. 16 And there is a difference between God’s gift and the sin of one man. After the one sin, came the judgment of “Guilty”; but after so many sins, comes the undeserved gift of “Not guilty!” 17 It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.
18 So then, as the one sin condemned all people, in the same way the one righteous act sets all people free and gives them life. 19 And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man.
20 Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing; but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. 21 So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.