Immunity to Suffering

James Nettinga

READ : 1 Peter 2:18-21
1 Peter 4:12-16

Have we become so accustomed to suffering in other parts of the world that we have become immune to human suffering and death, whether caused by earthquakes, fire and flood, or “man’s inhumanity to man”?

Peter explains the meaning of Christ’s suffering for doing right and as a believer. He calls us to be firm in our faith, for we know “our fellow believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings.” Death on the cross was the ultimate suffering of Jesus. How does his suffering help us to face death?

Ernest Gordon was chaplain to the soldiers who faced destruction and death while building a bridge over the River Kwai in China during World War II.1
When his fellow companions demanded an acceptable answer from him on the issue of death, he said, “I had to go beyond Reason I had to go to Faith . . . Reason said, ‘We live to die.’ Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’ The Crucifixion was . . . of the utmost relevance to our situation. A God who remained indifferent to the plight of his creatures was not a God with whom we could agree.”1 The crucifixion said, “God is suffering with you.”

1Through the Valley of the Kwai, p. 139, Harper Brothers.


May we know Christ and share the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering with others wherever we go. Amen.