Read: Romans 8:18-27
Today is Good Friday, a day when we typically remember the suffering of Jesus on the cross. It is important to remember, though, that Jesus did not suffer in vain or for suffering’s sake; he did it to accomplish an end to ultimate suffering caused by sin. It is because of Jesus’ suffering on Good Friday that Paul can point you, even in the midst of any current suffering, to the hope of glory you have by being a child of God.
You only have to flip to the daily news to be confronted with death, decay, and destruction in the world. When you see these things, my challenge to you is to remember that Jesus came and took on undeserved suffering to end all of that. This is not to dismiss the genuine suffering around us. Instead, it is to equip us to boldly point ourselves and others to the eternal hope that Jesus brings. The world is groaning in wait of glory. We are groaning in wait of glory. Jesus on Good Friday accomplished a weight of glory.
“We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
- Why do you think Paul refers to future glory as a weight? What does it outweigh?
- Take a moment to consider the weight of sin and death that Jesus bore for us and how it compares to the weight of glory that we will experience upon Jesus’ return. What response or emotions does this evoke in you?
Jesus our King, today we remember that you hung on a cross for us, mocked and rejected by the world you came to save. By suffering, you overcame all grief. Help us be faithful in remembering and proclaiming this good news every day, not just Good Friday. Amen.