Sunday, 7 March 2010

The Misconception of Suffering

The Misconception of Suffering
John 10:10….. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I have met many Christians who have a misconception of suffering. They seem to think that suffering is a legacy that we inherit when we become a Christian.
Wrong! Jesus Christ went to the Cross to set us free from sin, suffering and death. He hung on that Cross in our place and took every rotten thing we had upon Himself. He died with the full weight of fallen man upon Him. He died instead of you and me.
However, that was not the end. After three days Jesus rose from the dead; having conquered sin, suffering and death. He rose triumphantly from the grave and He is alive today and for evermore.
We, who believe in Jesus Christ and who have asked Him to be our Lord and Saviour are now free from the shackles sin, suffering and, ultimately, death. It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Jesus came to give us life in all its fullness not life in all its foulness.
When we come to Jesus at the Cross and we repent before Him; when we ask Him into our lives and exchange all we are and have for all He has to offer; when we truly surrender to His lordship forfeiting everything, then, and only then, can we say that we have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).
The Divine Exchange takes place and we no longer live but Christ now lives in us. Christ who died and rose again for us. What a glorious, magnificent Saviour. Our legacy is that, through faith, we have become sons of God, reconciled to our Father for all eternity.
Suffering does not come from God, it comes from a corrupt human race, a fallen planet and the pit of hell. Do not mistake persecution for suffering. Persecution will come but we can overcome persecution because God’s grace is sufficient for us.
There is no reward for stoic Christian suffering; that is a lie that comes from the father of all lies. Jesus has set us free from suffering but we need to believe it, appropriate it and overcome the world through faith in the finished work of Calvary.
It was for the joy that was set before Him that Jesus endured the Cross, now enter into His Joy.
Lord Jesus, thank you for breaking the chains that bound us. Amen

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