So, Mr Darrell Johnson, in some lectures on John’s gospel, says that the resurrected Jesus continues to suffer. Not only that Jesus suffered in death, but that he chooses to continue to suffer with us. Like, here. And now.
Perhaps I’m just slow, but I never, ever thought about it like that. To the point where I’m like: “Is that right?”. I mean, in some way I think I’ve always held that Jesus entered into our suffering, that he understands because he took on flesh etc and that therefore he can ‘sympathise with our weaknesses’ and all that. But that he always did that from a place of shalom/wholeness/peace/it-is-finished-ness. Not so much detached, but kind of distant.
But if Jesus still suffers as he chooses to continue to sympathise with our weakness etc, then that feels like a whole other kettle of fish. It seems much closer to home, much closer to heart. Its like, although he has gone through the pain of everything the cross signifies, through death and has experienced the joy of resurrection, the work is finished but the suffering isn’t over yet? Its unbelieveable that after all that, Christ should choose to keep entering into our pain.
Maybe I really am ridiculously slow. I mean, I have spoken of how God’s heart breaks over sin and suffering, but never really thought of that as HIS suffering. Or just never felt it as close as this.
Well, Mr Johnson – are you right? And if you’re right, what happens? When does it stop?
Maybe he’s a heretic, or maybe I’m displaying my lack of understanding, but at least he said it first (!). Can anyone else shed any light…?