December 28, 2014
By Clark Rinehart, Pastor of Students
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you an heir.” (Galatians 4:7)
In the Christmas season, we need to get real about the depths of our hearts, and not just play that all is well.
In Hebrews 2, Jesus dealt with suffering in His short life, just as we do every day. He was miraculously born to a virgin in Bethlehem and became just as we are, experiencing the fullness of the human condition, which includes suffering and death. God came near to us in Jesus (Emmanuel), and did not turn His back on our sins.
We mess things up (The Fall), but God initiates restoration to bring us back to a relationship with Himself. We all experience suffering at some point in out lives, e.g.: illness, heartache, loss of a job, irritating relationships. God shared our suffering through the death of his son, Jesus Christ.
The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus is superior to all things (Heb.1:4), even angels, and is made perfect through suffering (Heb. 2:10).
If we focus on what Jesus has done for us, rather than our own particular suffering, we discover Jesus paved the way for us and overcame suffering in our behalf. We are God’s children because of Jesus. God has made things right through Jesus’ suffering and resurrection, breaking the chains of sin and death (Heb.2:15).
Our God is with us and provides abundant life. We must hold on (follow our Pioneer) so that God can relate to us through whatever difficulties arise in our lives. We have been given the greatest gift of all: grace. Jesus died for us and now we can become the person God created us to be.