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Many things can separate us from experiencing the affection of our closest friends and family. There is distance. Geographical separation can keep us from having close, intimate contact with our loved ones. While technology has helped to narrow this gap, in the end, it’s still hard to hug a computer screen. Severe mental illness: when a loved one loses his/her mental faculties, they are no longer capable of consciously knowing the loving care of their family, nor can the family experience their love being returned. And of course, death still reigns as the champion relationship breaker-upper.
Today’s text remains one of the most comforting passages in the entire Bible. God shares his glory with his chosen ones (v. 30)! The fact that God did not spare his own son Jesus for us shows the enormous lengths that he will go to save us from those powers that oppose us.
The historical fact of Jesus’ crucifixion (and resurrection) proves once and for all times that “Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (v. 35, 39b). Distance can never separate us from God’s love. We might feel all alone, but God by his Spirit lives inside of us (8:14-16): so he’s always with us. Even when we sleep we know that “[the Lord] who watches over you . . . will neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps 121:3b-4 NIV).
Not even death has the power to break up our relationship to the Father, for Jesus’ resurrection has destroyed the power of death, and guarantees our own resurrection in the future (see Hebrews 2:14-15).
Satan lies to us and tries to make us think that we’re beyond God’s love. He wants us to feel that God has stopped loving us. Lies! Absolutely nothing can ever separate, divide, disconnect, detach, remove or sever you from the love of God! The cross proves it; and the resurrection seals the deal!
Heavenly Father, Thank you that you sent Jesus to pay for my sins, and that his work on the cross forever proves how much you love me. Thank you that you love me with an everlasting love, in which there is never any distance between us. Help me to grow in my experience of your love for me, so that others might sense your love for them through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.