Juxtaposition. the fact of two things being seen or placed closed together with contrasting effect.
The juxtaposition of God and humankind: Almighty God who created the universe and created humankind warped by sin. Nothing could seem farther apart, but the beauty of this chapter is how God has brought us so close to Him that nothing can separate us.
A great way to chart this chapter would be to make two columns: one for God and one for humans. We would be amazed at the love God pours out for us, love that we don’t deserve or earn. Or you could chart these verses by sections, which is what I chose to do. I believe that by then end of the chapter, the main message would be the same. Ask God to lead you to the truth He has for you, and start digging.
ROMANS 8:1-8. As the old hymn says, “I am weak, but You are strong…”
ROMANS 8:9-17. Enfolded.
ROMANS 8:18-30. Our journey from slavery to decay to sharing the likeness of His Son.
ROMANS 8:31-39. No separation.
Romans 8 is the Easter message in a nutshell. That is my first reaction after going through this chapter. Tomorrow God might have more to say to me in these words. What are you hearing?
I don’t have a picture in mind yet, but I know somehow I want to depict a love so huge I don’t know if it can be contained in one image. I’d love to see what you visualize.
Once again, tune in tomorrow and I’ll share my information charts, message, and picture. Won’t your share yours with me?