From Hurt to Hope

MC900048294Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. John 23:46 NRSV

What worse pain could there be than enduring hours of wrenching pain, while hanging on a cross in the hot sun? What greater suffering is there than being abandoned by everyone and forsaken by God?

Most of us will never suffer anything like Jesus suffered. But what he did in response to that unimaginable suffering shows us a way to turn our hurts into hope.

Jesus didn’t call down 10,000 angels to rescue him. Jesus didn’t curse God and die. Neither did he resign himself to the futility of his situation.

Jesus turned to God and said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” He looked past his troubles to God. He looked beyond the darkness to the light. He put his life into his Father’s arms.MP900422200[1]

What do you do when you hurt? Where do you turn when the the pain of living cuts so deep you don’t know what to do? Who do you call out to when life starts closing in and defeat seems certain?

Why not look to the One who holds the answer to every problem, who gives the strength to endure every situation, and turns death into eternal life!

You and I stand on the resurrection side of Easter. We know that even death has been defeated. We know that pain will pass. We know that God will wipe away all our tears and bring joy in the morning. If that’s all true, then we need to follow Jesus’ example!MP900438486[1]

Do what Jesus did. Look past all your troubles to God. Look beyond all the darkness to the light. Fall headfirst into your loving heavenly Father’s arms!

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