“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
Romans 8:35 (NIV)
So here I am in a coffee shop sheltering from the cold. Having dropped off my car for a change of brake discs and tyres (ouch! The bank balance is going to take a hit!), I’m waiting to go to an important meeting.
My mind is taken up with my brothers and sisters in Christ, who are in difficulty. One is in hospital, recovering from an operation. Others are grieving the loss of someone close to them. My thoughts also remind me that some of my sisters and brothers are undergoing fiery trials due to problems at home or at work. Finally, my mind rests on a couple who were prevented from getting to church due to a winter bug and illness.
“It’s snowing!” cries an excited voice. I look up and behold, yes, it is snowing. Interestingly, the voice belongs to someone who (let’s put this carefully!) is clearly an adult. Those childlike joys never leave us! And then I hear the background music, which I have been blocking out. For those who remember him well, it sounds like Andy Williams, crooning “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new-born king.”
Yes, Jesus is King. My King as I enjoy a lovely cup of tea in the warm. King of the excited people watching the snow. King of all those in hospital. King of all those in fiery trials. King of all who are grieving. And incredibly, King of all those who have died. “For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:7-9)
We don’t see the full glory of our Lord’s kingdom – yet. But one day we will. For our King is not defeated by our trials, our illnesses or amazingly, even by death. And he will deliver us all up into the fullness of life that is his kingdom: “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 Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
By Ian Woodley, From Day By Day http://www.daybyday.org.uk/