Comfort is one of my idols. It’s a common one in North America. For most of us, the idol of comfort has been torn down over the past couple of years. And that’s God’s grace and mercy. It’s a good thing.
But it’s hard. It’s painful. It’s a trial.
Jesus knows a little something about discomfort. He knows about enduring pain with the hope of healing, of restoration, of freedom.
“The cross was the only means of making us sinners right before a holy God. Our salvation was purchased with suffering, and it will be sealed and preserved with suffering, not comfort.”Marshall Segal, Your Sorrow Will Turn To Joy
As Easter approaches this week, in those moments of discomfort, when we find ourselves focused on all that’s not right in our world, let’s shift our gaze to Christ. Let’s “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely [our idols of comfort, convenience, control], and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).”
Easter isn’t all colored eggs, chocolate, and tulips. Let’s remember what it cost.