Well, I have reached the conclusion that words alone cannot full convey the answers to the questions we all ask during certain situations. And we might become very discouraged if we just thumb through the God's Word, pick out a passage or two and expect it to make a big difference and be the answer for our toughest question. Many times, this is how a person might try their hand at a certain religious idea or belief only to discard it when they are facing the challenges of life. They might be tempted to think that just because they have acknowledged something in scripture, that life will be a bowl of cherries from then on. It can be like a person going to the grocery store and seeing something in one of the large freezers, they buy it, and serve it immediately without any thought to thawing, preparation or cooking. After the first hard frosty bite it is tossed out with the trash and considered no good for human consumption although their dislike was of their own doing. There is more to answering life's most pressing questions than just looking in a book of cold unconnected facts and expecting to find the answer to all your troubles.
The gospel (the story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection) is the crowning achievement of God’s spiritual work for mankind. This wonderful event gives the greatest example and experience of love. By great suffering came the great blessing. Through the recorded word of witnesses, we know He died and we see God’s power to overcome death in the resurrection. This word is taken to heart and tested by the experiences of life. Our life becomes Christ’s life. If we have identified with his suffering and death and we can know we are also in the likeness of his resurrection as well. This is the meaning behind the act of faith called baptism (Romans 6:3-11), but it does not end there. It is the continual experiencing of this story every day! We know what Christ went through and what God did for Him. We also know that Jesus identifies with us in our time of sorrow (Hebrews 2:8). When his story and teachings are pressed within the reality of our lives, it is only then that it becomes a real and active faith pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6) and this understanding is first experienced when we are baptized into his death and raised to a new walk of life. Each step thereafter is built upon this understanding and commitment made by faith. When our experiences are mingled with the story of Christ’s sacrifice, each day’s events will teach us - God is love (1 John 4:8), Christ has overcome whatever I am facing (John 16:33), and death is Jesus bringing us into his arms (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)!
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
And I hope that this will be a place where we can ask questions and provide support and reason for the hope within. Please feel free to send me a message of your thoughts and ideas.
May God’s richest blessings be yours!