“And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.
Full text: Ezekiel 34:23-31
If Jesus by His crucifixion conquered death and Hades…why do we still suffer?
Why do we still suffer from the pain of death and sickness?
The gospel writers tell us that Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind (Luke 4:18).
They tell us that Jesus died for His sheep so that we might have peace with God and with one another.
But then in Revelation John reveals to us that Jesus will return one day and bring to the world everlasting peace (Revelation 21).
What this means for us is that until that time, there will be seasons of disappointment and suffering. Seasons that can sometimes make us lose hope that God will ever fulfill His promise.
The injustice of the world around us can make us cynical…but we must not lose hope.
On those occasions…when we are down or disappointed…we must reflect on Jesus as our Good Shepherd and remember that because He laid down His life for His sheep, we and those we love will one day be free from all sickness and pain.
We will one day have peace and the fullness of joy forever.
Lord Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life on the cross so that I might know Your peace. During this season of reflection, in light of Your love for me, help me to find ways to seek peace despite my suffering. And to find ways to use my suffering to bring peace to others, just as You have done for me. I ask this in your Holy Name, Amen.