Tuesday, June 5, 2012

God's Teacher of Hope

Threat of Death as Teacher of Hope in this life: “...we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God Who raises the dead; Who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on Whom we have set our hope” (2 Corinthians 1:8-10).

Threat of Death as Teacher of Hope in the Resurrection: “In the days of His flesh, [Christ] offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety” (Hebrews 5:7). The Father heard the Son’s prayer for salvation from death and answered it because of the Son’s piety...on the third day.

He wastes nothing in the life of His beloved - not even the sentence of death.

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