Why God Why?

Perhaps you’ve asked this question about something in your life.  Maybe you’ve heard others around you ask this question or something similar.  It seems to come up during trouble, turmoil, and need I say the “S” word suffering?  Maybe our problem is not the trouble itself.  Maybe our biggest issue is the question(s) we ask.

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to lead a group through a study on grief.  Together, we read Philip Yancey’s Disappointment With God and looked at what God’s Word had to say of suffering.  Most of the group knew what James wrote.  Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…  But no one in the group could honestly say they were grateful for trouble in their lives, even if it was supposed to bring about spiritual growth.  What’s a Christian to do?

Would you consider another picture of Jesus today?  In our suffering, pain, and trouble, Moltmann reminds us to look back at the suffering of Christ on the cross.  This picture begins in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Mark records Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him and asked them to pray.  He was “greatly distressed and troubled” (14:33).  In fact, Jesus said to them, My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.  Remain here and watch (14:34 ESV).  It’s obvious that Jesus is suffering.  He asked His friends to pray and then began to pray Himself.  Abba, Father…Remove this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will (14:36 ESV).  The Father remains silent.  And Jesus moves closer to the cross.  His suffering must include His humanity – the pain He would endure, the separation from the Father, and the relying on mankind to affect change in the world.  Secondly, it shouldn’t be overlooked that after asking His friends to pray, Jesus finds them sleeping.  Most likely, this added to His suffering.  Have you ever felt alone in your trouble?  Sometimes the silence of God is deafening.

The picture continues at a place called “The Skull” or Golgotha.  Jesus is on the cross and speaks again to The Father.  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; Psalm 22:1)  And then He died.  Notice, at the beginning the picture, Jesus addresses His Father in an intimate way.  At the end, it is simply, My God, my God.

This picture is called “The Passion”.  From beginning to end, it is clear that Jesus had one thing in mind – to fulfill the will of the Father.  Paul tells us that Christ just didn’t bear sin.  He became sin (2 Cor 5:21)!  And because of sin, He suffered.  God loved us so much that He sent His son (Jn 3:16).  Christ loved us so much that He humbled Himself and became a servant, even to the point of dying on the cross (Phil 2:8).  That’s the picture of The Passion.  That’s the love that God has for all of mankind.  This is a picture that we must all see and embrace.

 

 

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7 Responses to “Why God Why?”

  1. Boy I needed to read this!!! Thanks Mike!

  2. Amen, nmpreach! To remember Jesus’ sufferings, and somehow even to share in his sufferings, a part of our calling in this world. Thanks.

    • Yes Ted. Sharing in His sufferings…that’s what I need to be reminded of. A monumental task…but with His help it’s possible. Blessings!

  3. Jesus became sin – we humans, we are sin. Jesus died and rose after 3 days – we humans, we too will rise again the same way?

    • I’d like to hear your thoughts on “we humans, we are sin.” As for the resurrection, Christ Jesus conquered sin and death, giving us the opportunity to do the same. We will rise to glorified bodies and live in the presence of God Himself.

      The picture here was in regards to suffering. However, it also includes victory and committment. You might take a look at yesterdays post.

  4. “Paul tells us that Christ just didn’t bear sin. He became sin (2 Cor 5:21)!”
    This is where my thought was when I wrote that statement “we humans, we are sin.” :

    That God is Holy – God came to live among us – was born as man – as a human – He was fully man (and fully God) and had all the temptations that man had but did not succumb to them. But he still lived in the flesh and all its desires (sin). Man, or flesh,always leans towards sin… but that flesh will cease to exist. Our suffering, too, will one day end.

    Jesus’s body died that day, He gave up the spirit… and He rose again. Not the same body – not the sinful flesh – My question was, that since Christ conquered sin and death when he rose again; won’t we, in the same way conquer, when Jesus returns and gives us glorified bodies?

    In terms of suffering; I know that we suffer on earth, in our bodies, God understands. The suffering here is temporary. That is why death is called “rest”. Commitment: Running the Race — Victory: Enter! Good and Faithful Servant —

    Jesus went through the greatest suffering and anguish and yet remained pure and holy – so that we could be with Jesus Christ in the presence, as you said, of our God where there will be no more pain, no more sorrow…

    I guess I know what I’m thinking, but I ‘m having difficulty putting it all together…

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