September 16, 2014

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8.35-37 ESV)

With all the suffering Christians around the world are enduring, we can find peace in this Scripture.  No matter what a Christian goes through he cannot be separated from Christ and His love.  Even when Christians are being murdered, the Bible proclaims that we are still “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Jesus).

Let us look to Jesus as an example.  He was brought to the cross to face a brutal execution.  He died on that cross.  Some have called him the god who failed.  However, His death was not a failure.  The death of Christ was followed by the resurrection and with the resurrection death and the grave were defeated.  They lost their power.  Jesus conquered death with His death.  He overpowered the grave with his rising. 

If a Christian loses his life, he will still share in the resurrection and will have eternal life with God.  Death is not the end for a Christian.  Even humiliation is not the end for a Christian.  Humiliation often results in repentance and a drawing closer to God.

We need not live in fear; we are more than conquerors through Christ.