Does Jesus care?

1 Peter 4:12, 13
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”

We may ask, “does Jesus care?”, when circumstances, events, and daily struggles come upon us.  It might be we’ve lost a someone close to death or maybe we’ve had a break in an important relationship and two friends have parted company.  It could be that we’ve met with some significant physical challenges that are never only just physical.  Maybe we’ve lost employment, wages, possessions… maybe our home and precious memorabilia, photos, heirlooms have gone up in a puff of smoke.  We might ask, “does Jesus care?” when sin almost completely steals any sense of a future or hope.  When darkness presses in, deep and inpenetrable, we may ask… does Jesus care?

Whatever the fiery trial, Peter (the three time denier of Jesus) counsels us to rejoice.  “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Cor5:21)  Whatever the fiery trial, there is a foundation for hope and rejoicing BECAUSE Jesus does care.

AND we will rejoice and be glad BECAUSE his glory will be revealed… our faith will become sight… our hope – which is Christ in us – will be completed when the glory of Christ is revealed.

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