“Pain and Suffering means you lose. Death is the end.”
During the Holy Week experience we see the full cycle of life. It is a microcosm of life.
TRIUMPHANT ENTRY | SUPPER | PRAYER | ARREST/TRIAL | SUFFERING | DEATH | BURIAL | RESURRECTION
The generics of the above are:
HAPPINESS | COMMUNITY | TRIAL | LOSS/BETRAYAL | DEATH | MOURNING | NEW LIFE
We see this pattern in our whole life (our general path to salvation). And like Jesus we see many mini versions of this throughout our lives (various trials and tribulations).
Examples of losses:
- Loss of job
- Loss of loved one
- Loss of marriage
- Loss of trust
When we go through these experiences we must apply what Jesus did at the cross in order to make it through our losses and “deaths”.
Ultimately, we must apply what he did on the cross to the entirety of our life in order to overcome our ultimate death (end of life on earth).
The concept above is our message for Sunday, March 21. I would love your input.
The lie: “PAIN AND SUFFERING MEANS YOU LOST. DEATH IS THE END.” – the devil