Through suffering, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, became my perfect replacement. And because of that reality, when pursuing my call in this life, I can do it enjoying His peace and out of gratitude.
Imagine the perfect suit (Stuart Hughes Diamond Edition – $892,500). It’s right there, in front of you. It needs nothing. There is nothing you can add to it. Just perfect.
But it’s not your size.
All that perfection is of little help to you.
Unless a tailor intervenes. He will make that perfect suit fit you. It’s really nothing that suit is lacking, it’s really you where the problem resides.
Suffering does something similar to the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is perfect, but in our imperfection, in our sin, we have the tendency to disregard this great salvation He has provided. In His wisdom, He decided to live the life we cannot live, and die the death we cannot die. All with suffering.
In His suffering the Lord Jesus Christ was able to keep God’s mercy and justice. He was able to demonstrate how deep His love really is. And, He removed all our excuses and distrust. Because of His grace He suffered in our place, obtaining and securing salvation for us.
What should our response be?
He calls us to imitate Him, since He is the founder (archetype : design with a purpose) of our salvation. He calls us to enjoy His peace, and to respond in gratitude. That desire to be like Him is the evidence He is providing, for each of us, of His work in our own heart.
For you to consider.
- What is the place of suffering in your own discipleship?
- How do you enjoy His peace?
- How do you express your gratitude?
Gracia & Paz