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The Redeemer Reveals His Glory

The Redeemer Reveals His Glory”

Theological Theme: God is God alone, and He demonstrates His glory by comforting His people and confronting those who oppose Him.

Christ Connection: Jesus Christ is the sovereign King who promises to return, rescue His people, and put an end to all suffering and oppression.

Missional Application: God calls us to war against the principalities and powers of this world that keep people in bondage to sin and suffering.

Comfort and the Brown Tooth

When she was about three years old, our daughter Chloe took a spill in a Pizza Hut parking lot and ended up hitting her mouth, specifically one front tooth.  As a result, the baby tooth turned an unpleasing shade of brown.  While most of the time she was not self-conscious about it, there was one time that I found her on her bed, crying.  “Josh  (a friend of her older brothers) called me Brown Tooth,” she sobbed.

I held her, gave her tissues, and said I would talk to Josh about his comment.  Before I left, I reminded her that her brown tooth was a baby tooth, and that anytime it could fall out and be replaced by a new, white, permanent tooth.  Despite the hurt, there was hope.

You see, when I was three years old, I also injured one of my front teeth.  I had endured the “why is your tooth brown” questions, and I had been called “Brown Tooth.”  So when I reminded Chloe that the brown tooth’s time in her mouth was limited, I knew what I was talking about.

In the same way, Christ comforts us and gives us hope when we are going through difficult times.  When he took on our humanity, he also took on our pain, both great and small.  Hebrews 2:14,18 says:

“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death…That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life.  Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself–all the pain, all the testing–and would be able to help where help was needed” (The Message).

When we are suffering, whether it’s a life-threatening disease, the loss of a loved one, or hurt feelings over a nasty comment, Jesus Christ suffers with us.  After all, “We live and move in him, can’t get away from him” (Acts 17:28, The Message).  He understands our every emotion.  When we grieve, he grieves.  But there is a difference.

When we grieve, we cannot see how we will ever be able to get past this situation.  When Jesus grieves with us, he grieves with hope, because he knows that his Father’s will is to make sure “that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (Romans 8:28, The Message).  He feels our pain, just like I felt Chloe’s pain about being called “Brown Tooth,” but he grieves knowing that everything will work out.  Sometimes he even sends someone to comfort us, someone who has been in a similar situation and made it through, like I did for Chloe.  Sometimes he just gives us peace in the midst of not knowing how this situation will be resolved.

                I’m hoping that the clumsiness and the resulting Brown Tooth isn’t a family tradition, passed on forever to future generations.  But I’m sure that if Chloe ever has a daughter who falls, injures her tooth, and then suffers the embarrassment of a brown tooth, she will know what to say to comfort and encourage her.  Our Elder Brother Jesus Christ will provide the comfort and the hope through her.

 ~by Nan Kuhlman

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