Suffering and Redemption [maranâ thâ’]

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see […]”

As Christian millenials we buy into the beautiful story of redemption by grace that Christ presents us in the midst of our sin and depravity. We openly celebrate the benevolence of a good God and the things he has done to prove his faithfulness. Agreed, following Jesus is a brilliantly beautiful journey.

Yet, brethren, there is so much suffering in this world. As we follow Jesus we inevitably are confronted with the painful instances of suffering whether it is in our personal lives or the happenings throughout the world; the reality of suffering is consequential and at large. This reality reminds us that the Earth is not quite redeemed in its present state.

One of the most beautiful aspects of receiving salvation as a result of grace is that we leave a life of sin and enter a family courtesy of an invitation by the living God; we are inevitably grafted into the overarching narrative God has been weaving since the beginning of time and the hopeful future he has promised us.

From the beginning of creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus we begin to see that the family of God is much bigger than our local church, much less ourselves.

Currently we know that the body of Christ far surpasses our residence in the United States. We believe in the same God that Christians in the Middle East pray to in the midst of persecution, serve the same God that is using faithful men and women in China for a church movement, and walk in obedience to the same God that our brothers and sisters in Africa do as they live in poverty and injustice, yet, remain joyful because they believe in the hope of the Gospel.

Ultimately, we link arms with a group of people known as the body of Christ; we link arms with one another not only to acknowledge the immediate transaction of salvation that takes place, but also because we are hoping for one more final transaction in which Jesus Christ himself will come back and bring about an existence without pain, suffering, and sin.

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun”

Brethren let us stand in solidarity because we have all received this blessed gift of salvation and also because we eagerly await for the return of Christ. As we stand in suffering we are given the privilege to pray the prayer of maranâ thâ’, “Come, Lord Jesus”.

maranâ thâ’.

 

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