We are called to bear our cross as He
bore His because God has promised that our suffering
will be meaningful too. There is a strange brand of Christian faith a foot
in the world today that implies that if one becomes
a Christian, life will become a series of victories and triumphs. There is some truth in
what is said, but if the cross of grief and pain is omitted, another Gospel is preached from the one
Jesus and His apostles preached.
Lent is that odd season of the Christian year which is played in the minor keys. Having been
united with Christ, our victorious Lord and King, we often struggle when we are called upon to
suffer. Like John the Baptist, we wonder in our pain, if the Age to Come has really come, why am
I in this mess? Jesus’ answer is that the evidence that the Age to Come has come, is all around us,
but it is not yet here in its fullness. And because that is true, suffering and sorrow will continue to be the experience of Christians and the Church
until Jesus returns. Lent is the season when our focus is on the cross…His…and Ours!
Copyright 2011 -
Pastor Walter "Lucky" Arnold
Presbyterian N.P.B. FL
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