With Suffering Comes Authority

With Suffering Comes Authority

by Danetta Kellar

@DanettaKellar

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things…that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21

When we are hurting, we are most comforted by one who understands our pain. One who has also suffered as we have, one who has walked a similar road. The broken heart is validated by that comforter who identifies intimately with its sorrow.

We follow a Savior who has known suffering. He has known its final, ultimate end: death. He has walked into its darkness and been engulfed by it. He has screamed why as he stared at the inevitable consequence of man’s sin. And although as God Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, for our sakes he earned it in the human theater of Calvary that we might know he knows our pain and can lead us to life beyond it.

The words of Matthew recorded in chapter 16, verse 21, precede Jesus’ famous exhortation to deny one’s self, take up one’s cross, and follow him. Suffering and following him are inextricable. They are wound and bound together in dark and bright strands of exquisite mystery and pain, beauty and victory.

Jesus demonstrated his full authority when he yielded to suffering and death. And in that great power he defeated them both when he rose on the third day from the tomb.

As we follow him, we are given authority to overcome suffering in our lives too. No power can keep us in the grave of sorrow when we follow hard after Jesus.

One day, we will sit across from another hurting one, and we will understand. And with the authority that came as we followed the Messiah through our own suffering, we will be able to offer comfort that transforms brokenness to wholeness, death to life.

Danetta Kellar About Danetta Kellar

Danetta Kellar is a writer and speaker. Her interesting life has taken her around the globe, where she has had the privilege to witness firsthand the transformation of women from all walks of life and culture as they exchange lies for the Truth found in Christ. Her writing flows out of this rich experience and her own continual search for treasures in life’s darkness. Connect with Danetta online on her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

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