Day Four: Resolved upon the Cross

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 21:4 “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

How are we to understand the source of our pain and suffering? There are times when it comes as a result of us living for Christ, but often times our suffering arises from living in fallen creation. Fallen in terms of nature, natural order of things, but also fallen in the sense of our own sins and sins committed against us – this is more often the source of our suffering. When our suffering comes from unbiblical and untransformed ways of living, the correct response is repentance, being reconciled to another, forgiving, and praying for healing.

According to the passages above, all sin, sickness, disease is resolved in Christ, and all of our pain and suffering is resolved upon the cross. Hence, we are not to have any area of our lives where it is devoid of God’s very presence and promise. Whether it is in the present or in the eschaton, the wholeness and healing is assured in Christ. Today pray in repentance, pray for others, and pray for healing—resolving all things upon the cross. Worship with the song “Cross Changes Everything” (Click here).

– GK

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