Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I don’t know if you receive a lot of packages in the mail, but I know we do. The recycling bin fills up rapidly with packages, mostly from Amazon and music companies, so I have to empty it twice a week. Before I put boxes in the bin, I have to, as us disposal engineers say, “break it down.” That means I have to cut or tear tape and labels off the boxes. Now, I know these companies have a vested interest in not having the labels and tape come off (as do I), so they have developed the strongest glue in the universe. To show how strong these adhesives are, NASA used them to glue the heat-resistant tiles on the shuttle. That explains why the labels and tape are so hard to take off.
I have two methods for removing tape and labels. First, I try to scratch them off with my fingernails, which doesn’t work well. I keep my nails short so I don’t scratch myself. This accounts for my difficulty removing a label. Usually I end up tearing what few nails I do have. If that fails, and it usually does, I have to resort to a knife or scissors to remove the stubborn item. The drawback there is that I’m clumsy, and sometimes manage to stab myself in various places. If I didn’t want something like a book on the clothing of Romantic poets so badly, I wouldn’t open the box. But I’m curious and have to see what’s in the box. It’s a kind of Christmas throughout the year.
The point of this is, just as labels and tape stay on boxes and can be removed only with effort.
In the same way, God has bound himself to us through the death of His son, and if we accept this gift, nothing can separate us from God for eternity. Let us praise God that God has saved us and we will be with Him, forever. Amen.