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Something Good out of Something Bad

Legacy celebrated the resurrection of Jesus with Christ-followers around the world on Sunday. Our focus for the day was that Jesus' answer to the problem of evil and suffering offers us hope: trusting God that something good can come out of something bad. (If you would like to hear my message, you can hear it here.)

I concluded that Jesus' death gives us hope that God is with us in the middle of our suffering and trials. (See Hebrews 4:14-16. I encouraged us not to moralize that passage, but to let it speak of Jesus' presence with us in our suffering.)

I then reminded the listeners that Jesus' resurrection gives us the hope of heaven, which we can taste now. (See Romans 8:18-25. For you theology buffs, this is the "already-not yet" perspective of N T Wright and others.)

My final conclusion was that we who trust Jesus to be God's ultimate answer to our problem of evil and suffering are to live as if we are God's present answer to the problem of evil and s…