In ancient Corinth you can see a platform where judges once sat. It was called the Bema. That’s also the word Paul uses regarding the judgment seat of Christ, where all believers will give an account of their deeds. Although we shouldn’t fear this judgment, we should remember that we will be judged.
As much as we try to avoid it, death is inevitable. All of us, whether young or old, rich or poor, must pass through this gateway into the life to come. Death has been called the last enemy, and only one man has ever conquered this fearful foe. Easter is a celebration of the triumph of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Before Jesus was betrayed, He went to a garden called Gethsemane to pray. Even though He was fully God, His humanity was on full display. Jesus asked for the company of His closest friends as He prayed. The time had come for Christ to take upon Himself the sins of this world and the wrath of the Father. He accepted this cup from the hands of the Father so that we could be restored to God.
Very few people have an easy road through life. Most of us will face trials we never expected. When calamities come, merely human resources are not enough to sustain us. Can God be trusted to see us through life’s tough times? Yes! And often, it’s only after the storm passes that we can see God’s hand in the trials we’ve been called to endure.
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