There is nothing like the security of a true embrace – a strong, heartfelt hug from someone who deeply loves you. Within its few meaningful moments, you can’t help but close your eyes, feeling so protected, understood, and treasured.
God is the author of the original and most powerful embrace of all times...“I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:38 (MSG)
Absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God because of all Jesus did for us...because of the way He has embraced us. Dictionary.com’s 6th definition of this word helps further paint the picture: “To encircle; surround; enclose.”
We were once fully embraced by God in the Garden of Eden. But one day Sin painted itself in the scene and its hideous fingers ripped us from the very arms of our loving Father. Sin not only tore us from the security of His arms; it drove a wedge between us. There we were: hopelessly stranded and separated from our Creator by an impassable chasm.
Sadly, there was no way in our own human effort or schemes that we could make the journey back over to His side. God was Holy...suddenly, we were not. And no one could have been more brokenhearted over of this split than He. In all His wisdom and faithfulness, the Almighty had already devised the perfect plan and set out to make things right. The Lord knew the only way to make our relationship whole again was to send His perfect son, Jesus, to come and fill the gap; to cover our sin with His sacrifice and redemption.
God sent Jesus to earth on a very specific and selfless mission: to embrace you. He came to encircle, surround, and enclose you. Because of this impenetrable grip, nothing can now estrange you from the love of your Holy God. His strong arms have formed a bond that cannot be broken by anything or anyone. The New Living Translation goes farther to say that not even your fears for today or worries of tomorrow can drive a wedge between His affections and you.
“...Absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
I don’t know if you’ve received a meaningful hug yet today, but I’m here to remind you that Jesus is embracing you in His arms right now. And within those arms are two of His greatest possessions: God’s unending love and You, His redeemed child. He conquered height and depth just to hold you at this very moment. But this is not a fleeting hug; it is a grip that will envelop every inch of your being until forever finds its end. Now close your eyes, take a deep breath, and revel in the wonder of this magnificent embrace...