Resurrection Sunday Musing: Suffering defeated!


      Today was Resurrection Sunday, the last day of Passion Week and the day we celebrate Jesus not remaining dead, but rising again, making it so that all may be free.  It is the day we set aside to folks on the Resurrection and Jesus making grace available to all.  He, one who was without sin, became sin for us.

     On the day he was crucified, even his closest followers were filled with doubt.   How could Jesus the Messiah die and suffer?  All were looking toward the toppling of evil and the establishing of the Kingdom of God, not realizing that the Kingdom of God is not about politics, not about dominion, not about power.  It was about the shedding of the innocent blood of the Lamb of God to open a way that all may be saved. 

    Today, many cannot see the truth of the sacrifice and resurrection.  They are filled with scorn and mockery for the do not grasp or understand the need for the cross. People are blinded to their own evil and wickedness, for many people do many good things.  However, any good deed falls short, for there is not one person who does not falter. 

    Many that mock and scorn the idea of Jesus as Messiah point to the suffering, the hurt, the pain, and the ill in the world.  How could a truly good and loving God allow all the pain, hurt, suffering, illness, poverty, war, tragedy, catastrophe, and all other aspects of life humanity views as bad is the frequent cry.  They expect a good and loving God would simply wipe away all suffering immediately, with one stroke.  They do not understand that God did just that at the cross. Sure pain and suffering are still ever presence.  Evil done from one man to another is constant.   No way could God have dealt with it all in one quick action. 

     Yet, in one three day span, all that was against God was defeated. The true victory won.  Now, pain and suffering still engulf the earth, but the days are numbered and growing ever shorter.  The reason for this is that the Lamb of God who was slain did not remain in the grave.  He conquered death and sin and provided away that all who accept may be redeemed.  God dealt with pain and suffering his way, in a way that demonstrates perfect love and provides an eventual end to suffering for all who accept the gift of Grace offered.  

The resurrection is the most significant day in humanity.  It is a day that I am most grateful for, because without the Cross and Resurrection I would be lost, with no hope, and no peace.   Yet, now I am truly at peace regardless of whatever is going on, even when I don’t feel at peace.  I know that all suffering is but temporary and the victory has already won.  And for this, I proclaim Hallelujah! Blessed be the Lamb of God who took my sin, so that I may be free.

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One Response

  1. Hey Tim, thanks for becoming a Facebook friend. Great blog you have here. Looking forward to reading more! God bless and happy blogging!

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