Luke 9:22

The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

Could you imaging sitting down with Jesus and finding out that your best friend is the Son of God?  Your savior from poverty and the oppression of the Romans has finally come to free you but then in the very next breath he goes on to tell you that he MUST suffer, be rejected by the religious leaders, killed and raised on the third day.  WHAT!?!?  They were probably thinking how can Jesus dying set us free???  Consumed by their thoughts of suffering, rejection and death they didn’t understand the good news of his resurrection.  Jesus understood suffering, rejection and death because he understood the will of the father.  Jesus came to make all things new.  So when you look at your life are you consumed by your circumstances?  Are you overwhelmed by your situation?  Do you live as though your suffering and rejection is greater than God?  God has proven he is for you and is invested in your ultimate good because he sent His Son to die for our good.   So, you can know the circumstances of your life, though maybe painful now, are ultimately blessings for your benefit, because God, who is over all things, loves you.  Through our suffering there is strength (1 Peter 5:10),  through rejection there is hope (1 Peter 2:4),  through the death of ourselves there is life (Romans 8:1) and that we too are victorious over the grave with Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)

1 Peter 4:12-13
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Don’t live consumed by your circumstances, live victoriously because we are more than conquerors in Christ  (Romans 8:37)

In His Service
Tom Smith