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The Good Shepherd (20 of 34)
Series: Jesus, the One and Only
One might be tempted to think that a preacher always deals with those topics and situations that a congregation is most curious about. At times that is absolutely true - but I agree with Dr. Vines who said, "The job of the man of God is not to answer the questions that people are asking, but those that they should be asking." That is a good statement with which to begin our study this morning.
You see - A series on suffering may not be the most helpful thing when you are in the midst of a crisis. As a matter of fact it may do more harm than good.
What you need is a shoulder to cry on - we are to weep with those who weep, not sermonize those who weep. That was one of the lessons we learned from Job's friends.
But when you are between storms study of suffering can be quite helpful.
You dig wells during the when the weather is nice
in preparation for times of drought.
Listen deeply and dig deeply for the drought will come and you will need something to lower you bucket into.
If you live long enough and if Jesus tarries His return, you will suffer.
• You will loose those you love dearly.
• You may have to bury a mom a dad, even a son or daughter a spouse.
• You will face the loss of your mental faculties, you body will not function properly.
• Friends will disappoint you.
• Some will suffer the heartbreaking end of a marriage or a child gone astray.
I know it's hard to believe when you are comfortable, but hard times will come. We answered some of the reasons why last week… today we want to give some direction as to how to survive the storm of suffering.
CONTEXT: Remember that John is the Gospel that primarily points the reader to the Glory and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
So one might gauge his or her reading of this Gospel according to the (visceral) mental and emotional response to the person and glory of Christ.
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