How can we proclaim the good news when it seems like we are so often surrounded by the misery and ruin of life?


Why is it like this? It isn’t supposed to be like this – is it?

Why did God do this? Does he really do it or is it just circumstances?

God’s Justice is not a principle that tames God and makes him “play fair.”

The LORD has torn down the stronghold of Jerusalem and humiliated her kings and priests because of his justice (his righteousness and holiness)

But what about the one who stands in the midst of the ruins caused by God’s wrath? Is God’s justice and wrath the last word? (See 3:19-36)

If the voice of Lamentations can say this about God’s love in the midst of ruin, how much more can we say it in the shadow of the cross?

Our response to the cross should be Lamentations 3:39-40

  1. Sin: The cross calls us to repent – that is, to change
  2. Sin is actually growth: The moment we can name it, the healing begins
  3. The worst things are not the last things in Christ
    1. The worst things will end one day, but the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases

True happiness comes to us when we look to the cross and in that story (death, burial, resurrection) we encounter the justice, love, and mercy of God.

Chris Benjamin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Morning Sermon, 18 July 2010

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