PURPOSED SUFFERING

“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour?’ but for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27).

Since the prediction of Simeon (Lk.2:34) at the temple dedication of Jesus, the cross has cast its long shadow across the pages of the gospels. Jesus would himself speak of the approaching hour of his suffering and death; it did not come unexpectedly or as an accidental occurrence. And though he would pray that the hour might pass him by (Mk.14:35), his undistracted intent was to fulfill the purposes of God for the redemption of humanity. While all suffering is the result of a fallen creation, broken by the ravages of sin, the life, ministry, suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus reveals that, through suffering, unimaginable things are accomplished in the greater, redeeming purposes of God.

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