The Importance of Jesus' Suffering, Death, and Resurection
C.s Lewis wrote these words as he watched his wife die of cancer.
'' Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world. We can/are like
blocks of stone out of which sculptors carve the forms of men. The
blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much, are what makes us perfect.
We think that our childish toys bring us all the happiness that there
is and our nursery is the whole wide world. But something must drive
us out of the nursery to the world of others. And that something is
Some people believe that suffering is just meaning less and there is
no purpose to it. However some Christians believe that God can use our
suffering to nurture us into better people. This does not mean that
they think that suffering is good, but that it does not have the
ultimate power to destroy. To get them through the difficult times.
They use the example of Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection to
gain strength. In the following essay I will be exploring the
importance of Jesus' suffering for Christians.
Throughout Marks gospel, Jesus' suffering is emphasised dramatically.
Jesus went through mental and physical anguish. This was experience by
him in the Garden of Gethsemane when he pushed away the cup of
suffering, only to accept it and the fate that went with it. Jesus'
isolation is made even more apparent when his closest disciples fall
asleep. Then another follower, Judas Iscariot betrays him wit a kiss,
(Kataphilein in Greek). Two unfair trials then follow, one before the
Sanhedrin and the other before the roman leader Pontius Pilate. The
Sanhedrin paid people to give false testimony towards Jesus. So this
meant that the guilty verdict was reached before the evidence was
explored. During the trial Jesus remains firm. He doesn't defend
himself and rise's above the hypocrisy.
Today Christians, who suffer at the hands of an unfair trial system,
gain inspiration from the example of Jesus, which is presented to us.
I think that the message is that truth eventually wins through Lies
(false evidence) are shown for what they are. This was the case with
to trials in particular - The Birmingham six and the Guildford four.
Both had been charged with bombing pubs in cities. They both claimed
that their trials were unfair and discriminatory. They were sent to
prison in 1974 to be released years later in 1989 and 1990.
The cross is probably the most important symbol for Christians,
representing the suffering and death of Jesus. 'To the Jews it meant
being completely cut of from God' (Deuteronomy 21). Yet to Christians
it was to be a symbol of hope, persecution and ultimately death. When
Jesus was on the cross he asked God to forgive the people who were
Jill Saward is a Christian gained strength from this act...