Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35-39
Friday, May 8, 2015
Nothing, Nor Anything
I don’t have much to say today. I probably need to sleep more. This passage doesn’t need any help from me anyway. It came up in the comments on One Cosmos yesterday as Kurt spoke of it, and it seemed like a good way to end the week.
What was it that caused the Lord such agony in the Garden of Gethsemane? For eternity He had been with the Father. Throughout the Incarnation, even as a man, He had never known the absence of His Father or of the Father's love. He knew, though, He was about to experience the wrath of Divine Justice. He was going to suffer the righteous and appropriate consequences of humanity’s sin. He would be cut off from God’s love in death. The thought of that caused such trauma in His soul that blood mingled with His sweat as He prayed.
The Lord endured this suffering on our behalf, that we who were separated from the Father might be welcomed into His presence and experience, not His wrath and judgment, but His mercy and His love. We are in Christ. Because the Lord stepped in and took our place in being cut off by our sin, we can step into the Presence clothed in Him and His righteousness and remain, now and forever.
Passing through the door of death only brings us that much closer to Him.