Why Me Lord?
Why Me Lord?
Because Christians are not exempt from suffering
We know that to live is to be exposure to all kinds of suffering
Two types of respond
Don’t be surprised . . .
We shouldn’t be astonished
Present imperative with the negative forbids the continual reaction that is natural to the human heart to regard the experience of suffering as something strange to the Christian life.
As though some strange thing were happening to you.
We see this today.
The Gentiles of Peter’s day were not used to suffering for their religion.
You can almost believe anything you want today and it is just accepted or ignored - but speak of being a Christian, or being committed to Christ - or that Jesus is that way to heaven and watch out.
The process of burning is used figuratively to denote the severity of the trials.
Among you - in your midst
This was to demonstrate what they could endure - trial
Keep on rejoicing . . .
Their suffering was not a threat to their spiritual life but a sign of the reality of their union with Christ
See Acts 5:41
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ
Paul and Silas singing contemporary songs in prison
What would you sing?
Christian rejoicing will be made complete at and by the return of Christ in glory
If our eschatological hope is a living reality it inspires loyalty and a readiness to suffer for the Lord
Because Identifying with Christ creates problems
Two types of suffering:
Because God is wisely at work
Two types of judgment:
For the household of God
For those not a part of God's household