Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “A Christian is someone who shares the sufferings of God in the world.” How many of us know pain and suffering? It may be through betrayal, death, fear or physical pains that bring us to our knees; but I am willing bet that every person knows a bit about suffering.
I believe, with all that I am, that God also knows about suffering. Knowing that His time was coming—that those who walked with Him would betray Him, that those He came to save would spit in His face, and that soon He would suffer an excruciating death—knowing all this, Jesus prayed for others who might hear His message (John 17). Even while on the cross Jesus tells John to care for His mother (John 19:27) and He says things like, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34 NIV). While suffering many things, Jesus’ concerns are always for others. His entire existence on earth was about taking burdens from others.
The Christian is supposed to be someone who follows Jesus’ example. A Christian is one whose love drives them, with an unstoppable passion, to be concerned for the welfare of others without excuse. Can you imagine if, during our own sufferings and trials, our thoughts and concerns were only about lifting burdens from others? Our world would be different indeed.
In His prayer Jesus says, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” (John 17:22 NIV). Let that glory drives us to love others more than we hate our pain. That is what it means to be gloriously human; to love as Christ does—to reflect hope into this world. What could be more glorious than that?
Come join us at 10 a.m. Sunday as we learn what it really means to be genuinely human and how that can change the world.
Please come join us as we fix our eyes on Jesus. We meet Sundays at 9 a.m. for Sunday School and 10 a.m. for worship. Everyone is welcome!