“Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ ” (see Luke 4:23)
When Christ was on the cross, no man or woman on earth came to his rescue. Not his parents, not the ones he healed, not the ones he raised from the dead, not the ones he sat down and ate with, not the one enlightened with his knowledge and wisdom, not the ones who ate of his bread and drink of his cup. No one. Nobody came to his rescue, while on the cross. Nobody and nothing. Not even his celebrations of Jewish holidays. Not even the local government. Not even the law. Not even God.
“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)”(Matthew 27:46)
Jesus was rescued from the grave, not from the cross. He suffered from thinking about the cross. He suffered on his way to the cross. He suffered while on the cross to the point of death. And God was there, observing it all.
As a Christian, your good deeds are no safety net. By nature, this Christ nature, your good deeds come like heat from a fire. They come as natural. Job learned that a long time ago. Christ reinforced that with his death on the cross.
And the suffering that will come to us, if not already here, is the kind where nothing anyone can do will be able to rescue us out of.
“But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:20-21)
I don’t want to have anything to do with suffering. I don’t. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon. No amount of knowledge or wisdom can grant me immunity to suffering, while in this world. Christ promises an end. But it’s an end taking place when my life on this earth is over.
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-7)
By sight, I am dead. The only life I have is by faith.