“As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:36-39 MEV
The final section of this passage was my meditation the other day, and of course it filled me with joy! It’s a promise of God’s never failing an overwhelming love. I was delighted to be reminded of what I know so well to be true.
But then I looked at the verse in context: this promise is given after a harrowing passage in which the apostle says we are considered a sheep to be slaughtered — for Christ’s sake, we are killed all day long!
What a poignant reminder that often it’s the low point, the death in our life, that brings us to a realization of God’s love. Even as we are suffering what seems like to us to be the end of life as we know it, even then, the love of Christ is surrounding us, holding us, buoying us up, and will never leave us.
On this Holy Monday we can rest assured: it’s when we’re in the grave with Christ that we can truly experience resurrection. If you’re down among the dead today, don’t worry. Resurrection is coming.