Friday, March 29, 2013

This Good Friday is the Best Friday

Since God is for us, who cares who is against us?

I'd heard this worded in this way a long time ago, but thoughts of Easter week brought it back once more.

Plus, the irony of this day and its' title always makes me pause. Good Friday. Think about the last time you came home or met up with a friend somewhere. They probably ask how your day has been. Now think about all the many, eternally insignificant, things that you consider when giving your answer.

I got to sleep in, the weather is nice, it's a good hair day, my cat didn't cough up a hair ball, so on and so forth. 

I'm not saying I don't have better days than others. But when we consider what was done on this one particular Friday, all our days got that much better. 

It was this line of thinking that clearly got the Apostle Paul fired up. Whenever someone asks questions and provides their own answers, they are either horrible conversationalists or they are ramped up about the topic at hand. Having never had a conversation with Paul, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's really excited about  his topic. 

And who wouldn't be? 

We're no longer condemned because of our relationship with Jesus. And since God gave us His Son, is there anything else He won't give us? No! Is there anyone left to accuse us? No! Condemn us? No again!

Can anything separate us? Or does Gd no longer care for us if we are suffering? Nope and nope! Paul then concludes this section with some of the most beautiful verses in scripture. 

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. ~Romans 8:38-39.

All of this, of course, begs the question. Since God is for us, who cares who is against us? 

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