OUR COMPANION IN HAPPINESS
JOHN 16: 1 - 15
As they moved from Mt. Zion to Gethsemane, Christ warned His
followers of pending problems in order to avoid being offended =
SKANDALON = given an occasion to stumble (Vs. 1) and be ready to
die if necessary. Literally, "Don't be "trapped".
I.CERTAIN SORROW (Vss. 1-6)
This causes some to stumble if it is not rightly understood.
Jesus gave His followers a simple, clear forewarning of
persecution. When Tyndale was being persecuted for his efforts
to put the Bible in the hands of people, he said, "I never
expected anything else."
Christ informed them so they would "not be offended," that is
they would not stumble.
SUFFERING is met with varying responses. Often persons become
bitter and critical of God.
The wife of C.S. Lewis, Joy, died of cancer. In his book, "A
Grief Observed", he described one phase through which he went.
It is not all together different from our own at various times:
"Not that I am...in much danger of ceasing to believe in God.
The real danger is coming to believe such dreadful things about
Him. The conclusion I dread is not, 'So there's no God after
all,' but, 'So this is what God is really like. Deceive yourself
Isaiah revealed Christ not to be an indifferent, remote God but
an involved, caring, compassionate God: "He was despised and
rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with
suffering.Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our
sorrows (Is. 53: 3,4).
Christ does not so much share our suffering, but He lovingly
allows us to share His. In this light a believer ca ...
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