Many historians will note that the most substantiated fact in the history of the world is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our faith is dependent on this truth. If Christ had not been raised, our faith would be futile. But thanks be to God, he is alive. Since Christ rose from the grave, we
can be confident that all of his other claims are true. Our Midweek Lenten worship series focuses on some of JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ attention-getting and faith-building Ã¢â‚¬Å“I tell you the truthÃ¢â‚¬Â statements, a translation of the Greek word amen. May JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“amensÃ¢â‚¬Â lead us to sound our own Ã¢â‚¬Å“amensÃ¢â‚¬Â in response.
Suffering is part of living in this world ever since sin shattered the peace we had with God. Pain, hardship, sickness and tears were never part of God's plan. God had promised peace and stability for the children of Israel as long as they followed him. Suffering and exile was a sad result of their persistent disobedience. If we are called to suffer today, may it be as a consequence of following him in an unbelieving world (like Jeremiah) and not as result of sinful idolatry.