Part 1
Gone

Sometimes you fish but you

The miracle of

Eventually they

  1. fire
  2.  Jesus wants to 
  3. Jesus is inviting us to a  with him
  4. Last thing: fish

Part 2

Three times 

Jesus 

Stay and me!

This story is .

Jesus talks to a  .

The resurrection of Jesus assures us of God’s .

The resurrection of Jesus assures us of .

The resurrection of Jesus gives us .

Jesus is  (John 12:12-36)

Jesus is (John 19:1-16, 19-22)

Jesus is and (John 19:17-18, 23-27)

Jesus is and (John 19:28-42)

Jesus is the (John 19:14; Isaiah 31:5; Exodus 12:13, 8, 5-7, Luke 22:19-20)

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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