What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:31-39
It seems to me that we often stop celebrating Christ’s resurrection too soon. Last Sunday as we celebrated Easter, many of us sang, or even shouted, with excitement, “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph over his foes,” and, “Christ the Lord is risen today! Hallelujah”
What are we excited about today? Does our worship on the first day of the week motivate us to live for the risen Lord in the other days of the week? Does it help us focus on what life is all about? How can we share this good news with the people around us today?
As we have seen, the book of Romans includes lots of life-giving truths. It’s also a letter in which Paul often breaks into a hymn of praise to God. Our reading today from Romans 8 is an example. Paul piles reason upon reason for our rejoicing: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” And “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” No one! “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” And we remember this is all based on Christ’s triumph over sin, death, and the grave for us.
Again, it is the promise of the gospel that “whoever believes in Christ crucified shall not perish but have eternal life” and “repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (John 3:16; Acts 2:38) So, let’s keep rejoicing this week, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God shown in the risen Jesus. We can keep singing today too! There are people who need to hear it.