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DAY OF SUFFERING
(Thursday p.m. to Friday p.m.)
Rev. Dennis Marquardt
John 19:16-30; I Pet. 4:19
The subject of suffering is not one of the more desirable topics to focus on. We will do almost anything to avoid suffering, at just about any cost. Our use of pain killers, mood altering drugs, sleeping pills, cushioned shoe supports, air conditioning, etc. give evidence at how serious we are in dealing with suffering. We see suffering as an enemy ... and indeed it often is. However, some experiences of suffering also produce some of the best things in life!
ILLUS: Pearls are the product of pain . . . a precious, tiny jewel conceived through irritation, born of adversity, nursed by adjustments. Some oysters are never wounded . . . and those who seek for gems toss them aside, fit only for stew. -- Charles R. Swindoll (1934- ) -- Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entry 10883.
The moment of birth is brought about through pain, great pain ... but we don't stop having children because of this, the pain is put in perspective against the wonderment and joy of a new life.
This explains the cross and crucifixion of Jesus Christ also. Could Jesus have avoided the painful death ... yes, but then we would all be lost! Jesus did not think of Himself, He embraced suffering so we could embrace salvation.
Most of the best things in life have a cost to them, sometimes a high cost. Suffering is part of life, but it is never without purpose when we belong to Christ. We are invited to share in Christ's suffering and His victory, they go together!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that suffering is a part of our life in Christ, but that God always has a purpose in allowing any kind of suffering, a purpose that will yield great fruit.
I. REJECTION! 19:16-24
A. Personal 19:16-18
1. Jesus paid a personal price for ...
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