Nov 2, 2010

The Suffering of God

So, I will try to make this post as well bilingualed as possible. (I just made the word up)

I have been reading "The Reason for God" by Timothy Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Church in NY.
In this book there is a section called "The Suffering of God" and it really hit and spoke to my heart so I want to share it with you.

We cannot fathom, however, what it would be like to lose not just spousal love or parental love that has lasted several years, but the infinite love of the Father that Jesus had from all eternity. Jesus's sufferings would have been eternally unbearable. Christian theology has always recognized that Jesus bore, as the substitute in our place, the endless exclusion from God that the human race has merited. In the Garden of Gethsemane, even the beginning and foretaste of this experience began to put Jesus into a state of shock. New Testament scholar Bill Lane writes: "Jesus came to be with the Father for an interlude before his betrayal, but hell rather than heaven opened before Him, and He staggered." On the cross, Jesus's cry of dereliction - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" - is a deeply relational statement. Lane writes:  "The cry has a ruthless authenticity.... Jesus did not die renouncing God. Even in the inferno of abandonment he did not surrender his faith in God but expressed His anguished prayer in a cry of affirmation 'My God, my God'". Jesus still used the language of intimacy - "my God"- even as he experiences infinite separation from the Father.

The section that comes before is called "Comparing Jesus to the Martyrs". I once wondered almost same thing; "In our theology, Jesus bore all the suffering and pain that we experience. But Peter died on the cross that was turned up side down. It sounds more excruciating. Why was agony of Jesus was great?".
Pastor Timothy Keller nailed it!!!
Losing a relationship that had lasted from the beginning of the time? oh my.....

I am so glad to meet this book.
Now I understand little more about Jesus!!

I really believe every Christian should study the cross of Jesus in his or her live.
I want to study and know more about His Cross and Suffering and Resurrection!!

"Lord, help me to know how much it cost
 to see my sin upon the cross...." 

Glory to Him

最近読んでいる本に、ニューヨークのリディーマー・チャーチの牧師、ティモシー・ケラー師が書いた”The Reason for God"(神のための理由)(直訳すぎるかな?)という弁証論的なのがあります。