Since we have been united with him in his death,
we will also be raised to life as he was.
~ Romans 6:5 ~
I cannot go past this verse as I read through the book of Romans in the New Living Translation. It comforts and exhorts me to not grow weary, nor to lose heart, but to hope and persevere.
Chapter 6 of Romans is about how Jesus Christ broke the power of sin over our lives. Because we are united together with Jesus . . . in His death, we also are united together with Jesus . . . in His resurrection.
There is in this verse, a reality that means that we will also suffer as He suffered, but we will also share in His resurrection as Paul so boldly proclaims in Philippians 3:10-11, “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”
Paul also comforts us in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”
Life is becoming harder, yet difficulties prepare us for our future life with Jesus. We should have joy, just as Jesus did, but most of the time, we do not. Still, the author of Hebrews 12:2 exhorts us to have the same joy that Jesus did and tells us how to do it: “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.”
I heard someone say that life on earth for a believer is the most of hell they will ever endure. I may not like my circumstance, nor what is going on in this country or around the world, but I know, without doubt or question, that I am not alone. My Savior walks with me, His Spirit dwells in me, and I have a “Father of mercies and God of all comfort,” (2 Corinthians 1:3).
There is truly none like You, Lord God. “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
We also bring to you the daily plight of our brothers and sisters who are suffering persecution, humiliation, deprivations of all kinds, and face death from their tormentors; that You. Father, being full of mercy and comfort, sustain them so that they may know Your presence even as Jesus and Paul did. We have not yet suffered what they are suffering, but You have Jesus, so it is in Your name that we pray, amen.