Join our study and walk through the Bible with us.

Latest topics
» What does it mean that God is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4)?
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:24 pm by LesBrewer

» "Lovable!" By Adam Holz
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:12 pm by LesBrewer

» I Will Build My Church" with Dr. O.S. Hawkins
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:36 pm by LesBrewer

» Quieting the Critic By Kirsten Holmberg
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:57 am by LesBrewer

» Advice from My Father By Linda Washington
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:28 pm by LesBrewer

» Num 23:24-25
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:43 am by clark thompson

» A Warm Welcome By Dave Branon
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:59 pm by LesBrewer

» AGE OF DELUSION
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:58 pm by LesBrewer

» The Perfect Father By Xochitl Dixon
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:18 pm by LesBrewer

» Faces By David H. Roper
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:00 pm by LesBrewer

» What does the Bible say about self-image?
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:00 pm by LesBrewer

» And in Truth By Tim Gustafson
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:12 pm by LesBrewer

» Side by Side By Keila Ochoa
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:41 pm by LesBrewer

» Pressing On To Maturity -Study of the book of Hebrews!
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:14 pm by LesBrewer

» A Blind Man’s Plea By Arthur Jackson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:35 pm by LesBrewer

June 2018
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Calendar Calendar

Location Map
Bible Search
Search the Bible:


Examples: Psalm 27; John 15
love one another; Psalm 23

WEEKLY WISDOM

You are not connected. Please login or register

Pain With A Purpose By David C. McCasland

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1 Pain With A Purpose By David C. McCasland on Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:55 am

LesBrewer

avatar
Pain With A Purpose By David C. McCasland


Read: John 16:17-24

[Jesus said,] “I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” —John 16:22

I asked several friends what their most difficult, painful experience in life had been. Their answers included war, divorce, surgery, and the loss of a loved one. My wife’s reply was, “The birth of our first child.” It was a long and difficult labor in a lonely army hospital. But looking back, she said she considers it joyful “because the pain had a big purpose.”

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He told His followers they were about to go through a time of great pain and sorrow. The Lord compared their coming experience to that of a woman during childbirth when her anguish turns to joy after her child is born (John 16:20-21). “Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you” (v.22).

Sorrow comes to us all along the road of life. But Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Heb. 12:2), purchased forgiveness and freedom for all who open their hearts to Him. His painful sacrifice accomplished God’s eternal purpose of opening the way to friendship and fellowship with Him.

The joy of our Savior outweighed His suffering, just as the joy He gives us overshadows all our pain.




Dear Father, Your precious Son Jesus chose suffering for me. Thank You for His sacrifice on my behalf. Thank You that even my pain can be a tool in Your hands to make me more like Your Son.


Suffering can be like a magnet that draws the Christian close to Christ.



INSIGHT: John 16 concludes Jesus’ most extended teaching session recorded in the gospel of John (Chs. 13–16). Jesus had begun the evening by washing the disciples’ feet in a remarkable act of servitude (13:1-17). After this He would go to Gethsemane and, ultimately, to Calvary. There He would make the ultimate sacrifice as He died on the cross for the sins of humanity.

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum