Day Four: Time to Celebrate

Romans 8:31-34 NIVIf God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

“Look what the Messiah has done, and is still doing even as we speak. Look around and see the many things that threaten to separate you from the powerful love which reaches out through the cross and resurrection, and learn that they are all beaten foes. Learn to dance and sing for joy to celebrate the victory of God.” [NT Wright, Paul for Everyone: Galatians]

The picture here is a courtroom where our accusers have gathered and we believe we stand condemned. But what happens? The question is asked four times. Who is against us? Who will charge? Who will condemn? Who will separate us from the love of God? No one.

Today, what past trauma, shame, or fear stands to accuse you? The answer is no one. Our “accusers” have been conquered and this is now the basis for our everyday hope as we live, pray, and minister today in our workplaces and campuses.

Prayer: “Thank you Jesus for the cross! We dance and sing for joy in your victory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Let’s worship to “The Cross Stands” by Tim Hughes (Click here).

– LL