Philippians 2:6-8, Matthew 27:45-46, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 55-57

When tragedies happen, our natural reaction would be asking questions.

  • Why do “bad” things happen to “good” people?  
  • Is suffering a divine punishment from God?
  • Am I suffering just to learn a lesson?
  • Do I have an option to opt out?

In reality, suffering is a unavoidable norm in a fallen world

  • For suffering, the Bible never gives us any one-size-fits-all answer  
  • God’s way of addressing human suffering is not providing a reason about why suffering happens  
  • Instead, the Bible focus on how do we face pain and suffering

Instead, the Bible tell us two characters about God: 

  • A God who suffers
  • A God who is sovereign over suffering

A God who suffers

  • God became a suffering God who personally went through human sufferings.
  • Through the life of Jesus, God had the first-hand experience of human suffering
  • Jesus experienced the ordinary pressures, the difficulties and pains of normal human life.  
  • Jesus’ most painful moment was on the cross, where God the Son was being cut off from God the Father.  
  • At the very last hour of His earthly life, Jesus was rejected, betrayed, abandoned.  
  • The Son of God was even forsaken by God the Father
  • As God is no stranger to pain, He understands our pain.   

A God who is sovereign over suffering

  • Easter Sunday and the resurrection tells us that God has defeated death, and overcome pain and suffering.  
  • Our God is able to walk us through the darkest and most painful moments in life.
  • When we are in pain, we can cry out to Him for courage and strength. 

Only in Jesus do we find the key 
to unlock the problem of pain and suffering.