READ : Romans 8:31-39
If God is for us, who can be against us? (v. 31, NIV)
Music composers often end their works on a note of triumph. Think of the grand finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, or the last chorus, “Worthy Is the Lamb,” from Handel’s Messiah. The human spirit soars as the music reaches its climax.
Paul has been composing a symphony in the epistle to the Romans. He has moved from the mess the human race has made to the incredible gift of righteousness provided by God in Christ. Yet life is still not perfect. We continue to sin, pain and suffering pervade our lives, and evil rocks our world. But God has provided his Spirit to guide us through to the very end. He will work all things together for our ultimate good.
How could he not do that? After all, he sent his Son Jesus to die for us, to be raised from the dead, and to sit at his right hand, exalted in glory. Can anything ever separate us from his love?
Absolutely not! Christ has defeated the devil, the prince of death, so all power and authority belong to him. Death has been killed. We are safe for all eternity in Christ.
There is no more majestic message in all Scripture than this grand finale to Romans 8. Hallelujah! Jesus Christ reigns!
Thank you, Jesus, for your amazing victory over all my enemies.