Human sin brought death into this world. Jesus overcame sin and death for all humankind. Because of Jesus, we who believe in His atoning Name are forgiven and will live forever. This is a thought to be saturated with in life.
Still, we who know Christ as personal Lord and Savior find ourselves in a world full of suffering. Suffering is a stark by-product of sin. People who love Jesus and live their lives abiding in Him will find that no one is immune to the pain associated with life on earth. The difference for those who walk with Jesus as opposed to those who do not, is that suffering draws us closer to the One who suffered on our behalf. When one is in the arms of Christ, that one will realize in the midst of their deepest pain just how much God loves them. Suffering for the believer does not diminish hope—it actually increases it.
Listen to how the Apostle Paul put it: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:1-5) Jesus who suffered greatly for our reconciliation with God is our eternal hope. All persons who know Jesus will suffer—but do not be afraid! Jesus overcame suffering and even death—and so will we—our life is a life of hope!
Until All Have Heard,