Romans 8:38 (NLT) “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.”
It’s an interesting lesson from lockdown: faith matters.
For many, who have not given a thought about faith, God, Jesus, Christianity, church, Sundays and what it actually means to many, the meaning of Easter (which came and went with whimper this year, so it seems) and least of all the real meaning of Christmas; for many, this year, it is different.
Many people are thinking about how fragile life is – the very fabric of society has been torn to shreds, in some respects – just as the fabric of the veil was torn when Jesus gave His life for us on the cross, some 2,000 years ago. And as they contemplate that fragility, they begin to wonder – perhaps for the first time – is there a God? And, if there is a God, what happens when I die. Because for many, the fragility of life has led us to face our own mortality. Because we all, one day, will shuffle off this mortal coil … and then, what?
What’s the meaning of all this? What’s the meaning of life? Is there something after this life, after all? Surely, this life cannot be the sum total of our existence in the Universe? There has to be more than this? More than the suffering? More than the struggling? More than the hurting? More than just dying to nothing? Surely, there has to be more?
As Christians, we do believe there is – far more than this.
God loves you. Jesus loves you. Jesus was truly the Emmanuel – God with us – as He trod this mortal coil among us. God loves us so much that He came down to dwell among us. And, to save us from ourselves and from the enemy of our soul – the devil – He gave up His life on earth to pay the ransom for our very souls, so that we could spend eternity with Him in heaven.
That’s it – that’s the Good News – that’s the Gospel message. That there is more, that there is an existence after death, and that existence can be with Him in heaven for eternity. He loves us, and nothing can separate us from His love for us – not life nor even death.
Faith matters. It matters to us – and it probably matters to you, if only you would suspend your disbelief for a moment. Just think, what if it were true after all? Wouldn’t that give you comfort for the moment? Wouldn’t that help you through the dark times, the troubled times, the worry and the stress? Wouldn’t that strengthen you when you feel weak and hopeless, when life holds no hope for you? Wouldn’t it help to know that one day there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more suffering, no more struggling? Faith matters, because it gives us that reassurance that that there is more to life than all of that; it gives us that reassurance that no matter how fragile it all seems right now, that today we are loved, today there is One who will always love us, and that we will be with Him one day in heaven for eternity.
May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that You love us and that you will always love us – that nothing can separate us from that love, not life nor death. May we know that faith in You, may it comfort us and may it strengthen us. And may we learn the lockdown lesson: that faith matters. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you would like to know more about how faith matters to you – please get in touch. Don’t forget, God loves you – and nothing can change that. You might not feel that you deserve that love – and it’s probably true! But – He loves you anyway! Unconditionally! May God Bless You, and may you know His love in your life and in your heart and soul today.
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