“Nothing” - March 3, 2021
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
Each year during the season of Lent we are to remember our mortality, the fact that we are limited beings, that we will experience death. In one of our recent church education classes, we were reminded that death is the “last enemy” and it is part of the misery and estrangement caused by the presence of brokenness and sin in the world.
But most of us don’t really need the season of Lent to be reminded of death and its misery and estrangement. A brother, a sister, a parent, a grand-parent, a good friend, even a child; most of us know death all too well. Just this week we as a church family suffered another loss through the all-too-familiar pain of death and the separation it brings. One of the reasons the pandemic has been so painful for many is not only the actual deaths but also the necessary distance and separation from each other that it has required, a ‘little death’ in itself.
But even in the face of this last enemy, the Apostle Paul reminds us of the basic power of the gospel: we are never truly separated from divine love, the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. The New Living Translation gives us Paul’s words in this way:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Connect to the following link to listen to Romans 8:38-39 in song offered by the 2021 Calvin Symposium on Worship’s Virtual Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0vAhXMKK2c