It seems as though everywhere I turned yesterday— social media, blogs, conversations— the topic of death and sorrow was present. Some dear friends lost a grandfather yesterday, another friend lost an uncle, someone else had lost loved ones to cancer— it was seemingly everywhere. When this happens it brings to my mind how we are truly living in a fallen world, a world post Genesis 3. It’s a painful reminder, and it understandably brings us great sorrow. However that is not all that it brings to mind.
We Hurt Because They Hurt
I preached two weeks ago on the doctrine of unity and it is something that has been on my mind for a while now. When it comes to unity we often think of being on the same team, the same family even— but we sometimes miss the next step of what that means. Paul says that Christians are one body (Ephesians 4:4) and later in Chapter 4 talked about how the body promotes its growth by building itself in love by the proper working of each part. (As an aside our church is currently going through a series in Ephesians so if you’re interested in hearing how all of this applies to your life come and join us at Crossroads!) So when it comes to thinking of unity this is how we often think— being on the same page, working together to build each other up— and that is the right way to think.
However there is something more to being one body. Because we are one body we understand the teaching of Romans 12:15:
“Weep with those who weep”
So today, we weep. We weep because our family, our body is hurting. We gather around them and support them in their time of need. We beg God for comfort for their grief. We are hurting, because they are hurting.
We Hope Because He is Our Hope
While we are hurting, we cannot miss the hope that is present. We cannot miss the hope that we have in Jesus. We must be reminded of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14:
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.
There is hope in this time of hurting. Not in us, but because of what Jesus has done for us. As a Christian we grieve and hurt when we lose our loved ones— because it hurts. However, we don’t grieve like others because we have a hope, and He is Jesus.
Today we hurt, because our body is hurting.
Today we hope, because Jesus is our hope.
It is the Hope of the Gospel, and that is enough for me.