It’s no doubt this world occupies a space of suffering more than any other location in our universe. Earth is filled with it.
She finds us all at some point.
We have all met her, or at least at some point will meet her.
Some of us interact with her daily, and some of us live with her, feeling her presence bidding us at what seems every moment.
She comes to meet us at the memories of something or someone we lost.
She comes when we least expect it. It almost seems as if she is the most active presence in the world, and all any of us want is for her to leave us alone.
But in our suffering, to whom and what do we turn to? If God is out of the picture, then what can satisfy, and who can offer such a thing as powerful as eternality? Who else can offer a sustainable hope? Something true, unfading, everlasting?
Everything and everyone goes away at some point, so then what does anything really matter?
Jesus of Nazareth is best known for his claims to be God, but what did He actually do while he was here? The people who embraced Him the most did so because He brought healing.
He meets us at rock bottom, to a place we can’t go downward any further.
He meets us at our end, but he’s there with a welcoming hand. He has a new direction for us, a new life, and a new identity.
He gives the gift of something imperishable. Therein lies true, unfading, and never-ending hope.
We all turn to something to fill the void and to get a sense of peace, but in these things we might find value temporarily but never permanently.
This is hope: that Jesus offers permanence, unlike anything, everything else.
When you need healing He offers it.
When you need healing He promises it.
When you need healing He initiates it.
When you need healing He sustains it.
So when you need healing you can turn to anything you want, but only Jesus will satisfy completely, and the good news is that he is there to meet you at your lowest place, and to remain with you from then on and into eternity.
He is hope, the exit of your suffering (one day finally) and the entrance of your healing and rest.