What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
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 8:31-32, 35-39
I once met a man who told me a story of a communion service he attended. He sat in the pews watching the people go up as the father distributed communion. The father would say “body of Christ” and wait for an “Amen” to be reciprocated before he’d give the Eucharist. During this particular service, he observed a man of about fifty years go up and just nod as he waited to receive his Eucharist. And to this the father muttered, “say Amen”. The man looked up, smiled, nodded and simply said “yes”. This went on for a while until he eventually said “Amen”.
It’s funny but it seems that communion to many has become more like a ritual they participate in once a week or once a month. The moral of the story is this: it shouldn’t just be ‘yes’ but ‘yes and Amen’.
It’s acknowledging that Jesus not only came to live as one of us on Earth but that he died so that we may be redeemed. It’s acknowledging that yes, we fall short and make bad decisions but Christ has already paid the price by redeeming us through the cross. It’s acknowledging that we can’t be our own savior but need something bigger to cling to.
What can ever separate us from the love of God? Nothing! And to that we say “Yes and Amen”!