Redemption - Faith or Fear

Redemption

An athlete endures years of intense training in hopes that the pain and sweat will someday result in an Olympic gold medal.

A medical student sacrifices years of his or her life in disciplined study for the promise of a career as a doctor or surgeon.

We understand what it means to endure temporary hardship in the service of a greater and perhaps even glorious reward.

But what about suffering and pain that we don’t choose in order to achieve something greater. What about the suffering that comes our way through disease or accident or even terrorism? What about cancer? What about COVID-19? What about death itself?

The Bible’s answers to these great questions is to teach that God does not promise to protect us from all pain and suffering, but rather, he entered into the brokenness of this world in the person of Jesus, and through Jesus, he promises to redeem all pain and suffering.

Consider this soaring passage written by the apostle Paul:

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

Romans 8:18-25 (NLT)

Certainly, we strive for peace and we pray for the cessation of the evil of terrorism, but our ultimate hope is in the God who promises to redeem all things for his glory and our great good!

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