This sermon was based on Romans 8:18-28
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
- Suffering is defined as pain, distress or hardship. This could be financial difficulty, loss of a loved one, illness, breakdown of relationships, persecution, bullying, the list goes on. Everybody suffers at some point in their life. Its a very difficult topic which raises many questions.
- When Adam and Eve sinned, sin entered the world and creation was no longer perfect like God originally planned. Because we are all humans, we have that same human nature and tendency to do wrong, and that can cause all sorts of problems in our lives. Greed, selfishness, jealousy, lust, pride can all cause other people to suffer. As believers we sometimes suffer for what is right or suffer because of our faith.
- The Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Where is God in my present suffering? The Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. He is right here, living inside of me, praying for me. Not only is he praying for me, He is groaning – He is hurting deeply too. God hates to see his children suffer.
Hope for the Future
- We are waiting for the day when Jesus comes again and gathers all those who love him to spend eternity with God. Hebrews 9:28 says ‘so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.’ We are waiting for salvation.
- Our current earth is perishing and fading from the perfect world that God created in the beginning. Eternity will be spent in a place that will NEVER perish, spoil or fade.
- We will get new bodies, perfect bodies, free from sickness, free from disease. We will be made strong, firm and steadfast. This is how God originally planned it to be. A day will come when all will be restored and made right again.
What to Hold On To.
- Hold onto God and his promises. God’s word is packed full of promises and hope. we need to know and remember them.
- Hold onto Heaven. We have not received the full benefits and blessings of salvation that will be ours when Christ’s new kingdom is completely established. Suffering may cause much pain and hurt in our present life, but remember, our prosperity is coming!
- Hold onto each other. As a church, as brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to pray for one another, encourage each another, be there for one another.