Redeeming the world from suffering must include redeeming the heart from sin. Suffering will end when sin is defeated. And that is why Jesus came into the world – to redeem us from our suffering and sin. Would you say that you live in the conscious knowledge that the Son of God loves you and gave Himself for you? But knowing only will not change your life. You need faith in Him and therefor have to preach the gospel to yourself everyday.
We are looking at the love story of a king who loves his bride as a lens through which to look at the love of Christ for His own people and particularly the experiences that we have when God seems to be far away.
Through Jesus ascension there is an assurance of His finished work and giving us a future. We now have confidence that He is in control as He rule and reign as our King until all enemies is under His feet. We also have the knowledge of knowing that we are not alone for He sent the Holy Spirit to be with His own. A hope for us that there is a future as He has gone to prepare a place for us and will for us to be with Him forever.
Do you feel the love of Christ for you arising out of His great sympathy, seen in the strength of His resolve, through every difficulty, despite of every deficiency, and even through the worst of disloyalty?
This disciple of Jesus Christ who was once afraid of being associated with Jesus was eventually willing to change the course – to take up his cross and give his life for Christ. And his life still gives us a clear model of what it means to be a fully devoted disciple of Christ.