“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. 39 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 8:38-39

You can’t read the bible very long without figuring out it is a love story. John 3:16 affirms this fact when the apostle John writes, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” One of the most amazing characteristics of true love is the sacrifice one is willing to make on behalf of the person that is loved. Reading Romans 8 this morning a love song always comes to mind by Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell titled, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” That song to me captures God’s heart for His bride, the church. In other words, me and you!

When the apostle Paul writes, “nothing can separate us from God’s love” the words of that song play like a music video in my mind. I can see Jesus scaling the tallest mountain to reach us as easily as I can imagine Jesus swimming across the most treacherous river to rescue us. Calvary’s Cross might not be the highest point on earth in terms of its elevation but Golgotha (the place of the skull) where Jesus was crucified was a hill that no other person could have scaled to save us.

The Kidron Valley is located just below the Eastern Gate of the Temple Mount there in Jerusalem and Jesus crossed it frequently as He came and went into the city from Bethany just beyond the Mount of Olives. Jewish historian Josephus writes that at any given Passover during Jesus lifetime more than 250,000 lambs were slaughtered causing their blood to flow like a river from the altar into the Kidron Valley below. It’s not hard to picture Jesus undeterred as He waded through the stream of blood as the lambs were bleating in the distance. After all, He is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

Yes, it’s true, there ain’t no mountain high enough, and there ain’t no river wide enough that could keep Jesus from getting to you! And just like the song sings, “just call my name and I’ll be there in a hurry” we have a promise from God in His love letter to us that He is always there for us and all we need to do is call upon His name, For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved” (Romans 10:13).


Michael Osthimer





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