I want to share a series of messages leading up to Christmas about ‘suffering’. This may sound strange as the emphasis in our present day culture is about celebrating, joy and jingle bells. For others about the shepherds and the Baby Jesus in the manger. Or the glorious events as the angel announces the birth of Jesus and the heavenly host burst forth saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Yet, this is God who became flesh and who was destined for the horror of the Cross. Jesus left heaven for earth to suffer and die. Then for those who would believe, there would be joy and glory after the resurrection as Jesus would show Himself alive and risen. But in between the two rejoicings there would be about thirty three years that Jesus would suffer for ‘our’ sins.
This is the greatest story ever told. All of world history revolves around the life of Jesus and carries on into eternity forever. “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured (suffered) the cross, despising the shame and sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” Hebrews 12:3-3.
There are many types of suffering; physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. The scripture says: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who have a crushed (contrite) spirit. “Many are the afflictions (sufferings) of the righteous. Psalm 34:18.
I pray that right now and in coming weeks as we study this subject that you who are suffering or will soon be suffering will find the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in your life through the Lord Jesus Christ sufficient to meet your every need.
However radical it may seem God understands suffering. Jesus is with His children in our most painful times. Even when we we have no answers and the suffering is indescribable.
Jesus called the Holy Spirit ‘our Comforter’ and that says that the Father loves us. Like a breath of fresh air, God breaks through the dark clouds of our heart and mind with glorious news!!! “The virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel which is translated, ‘God with us.’!!!
Open your hurting and suffering heart and call upon Jesus. He said “come unto me all who are weary and heavy burdened, I will give you rest.” Trust Jesus as your Savior. Fall into His welcoming Arms. Our God cares. Denise and I are praying for those of you who are suffering.
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Pilgrim followers of Jesus, Arthur and Denise Blessitt, Luke 18! www.blessitt.com