“For it is fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing man sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10).
Suffering is universal and is best understood as part of the human condition within the brokenness of creation. While some consider suffering incompatible with life and that it’s only when pain is absent that joy and fulfillment can be experienced, the life of Jesus comes to say otherwise; that salvation and life itself is fully known only through suffering. Apart from suffering, the news that Jesus delivers is just that–more news; more information. It’s only when you have known suffering, loss, disappointment, grief, and tragedy that the news of Jesus becomes Good News.