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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When Bad Things Happen (Mark 14)

Do you ever have something bad happen to you and think "why me?" "What did I do to deserve this?" Or maybe you even get mad at God and pull away from Him because you're a good person and don't deserve this bad thing that is happening to you.

Have you noticed we are conditioned to thinking that bad things should not happen to good people? Maybe we think this because some preachers actually claim, "God just wants you to be happy," even though that is no where close to what Scripture says.

Happiness is a positive emotion based on our circumstances in the world. But joy is rooted in the promises of God as they are revealed to us in Christ.

God wants us to have joy, even when our circumstances in this world are bad.

Jesus told us that that our life won't always be a picnic on this earth, in the church age. We want heaven now. But we are living in a time when sin and evil are still being allowed to reign.

Even the religious leaders who were to lead people to the Christ, persecuted Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and put Him to death. So why would we expect this life to be a cake walk for us, His followers.

We need to remember that Jesus experienced much worse in our place. He endured the cross in his humanity, for us!

Mark 14:35-36 He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will."

Jesus was facing a death sentence on a cross, an instrument of pain and torture. But not just physical pain. Jesus was facing the pain of all of our sins being placed upon Him while God the Father removed His presence from Him.

In other words, Jesus had to endure the cross and the consequence of our sins in His humanity rather than in His deity.

Matthew 27:46 "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"

So then how did Jesus endure that horrible pain and torture, solely in his humanity? He prayed. As He prayed, God the Father gave Him the strength He needed to press on and fulfill His mission.

When we face bad things, trials, health issues, we need to center ourselves on the blood of Christ. We need to remember that Jesus went through far worse for us. We need to remember that He was strengthened for the cross through prayer, and we can be too:

Mark 14:36 "Father, remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will."

Dear Lord, I know that at anytime hard times can come upon me. In fact I know, that in this life, I will constantly be heading into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or headed out of a storm. So, I know there will be things still to come that are tremendously worse than I can possibly bear on my own. But Lord, I also know when I lean into You, You will give me the strength to get through it. Lord, please guide me in all things so that I bring You glory. Lord, not my will, but your will be done. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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