Joy Comes in the Morning

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Joy Comes in the Morning
Text: Matthew 27:45-54
Occasion: Lent
Audience: General
Theological Tradition: Wesleyan
Topic: Theodicy, Suffering, Pain
Author: Gary Waller


Even in times of trial, we can hold onto our faith and our God.

How to Get There

  • This message fits in quite well with a paraphrased story of Joseph from Genesis. He is a man who also experienced suffering far beyond what he deserved and yet in the end it did not sever his faith and brought a lot of good to others.
  • Jesus had been perfectly obedient. He had endured poverty, slept on hard ground, little money, and traveled for miles with people who didn't fully understand him. And toward the end, he was tortured, whipped, cursed at and nailed to the cursed Roman cross.
  • This was the most horrible, lonely, painful day you could imagine for Jesus.
  • But Jesus knew this wasn't the end of his story. He had been telling his disciples for quite a while that the son of man must die and return.
  • So when Jesus is at the end and calls out to God in the worlds of Psalm 22:1 it is not one of despair, but one of faith and belief.
  • Jesus doesn't just say “God” but “my God,” a personal appeal. It's like how newlyweds call each other “my husband” or “my wife” as an endearment because they are so happy to be connected together.
  • Jesus said the same “my God” not distancing himself at all in this pain but claiming and reveling in his connection to God.
  • Jesus never faltered in his faith, these words were spoke for our benefit. Why has HIS God forsaken him? It was so we could be saved.
  • Right after this Jesus quotes from Psalm 31:5 and commits his spirit to God, but never finishes the quote, which reads “…redeem me, O Lord, God of truth.” Jesus knew that this feeling of abandonment was momentary, redemption was near.
  • We all have times in our lives when we want to scream out with Jesus “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That's fine.
  • Jesus example shows us that even in the midst of horrible suffering we can have hope, we can have faith. Even if it seems like God is so far away, we are not alone we are with OUR God.
  • Jesus' cry, and ours, does not have to be one of loss of faith, but a cry of assurance that even in the midst of the darkest of times, Joy comes in the Morning.

Things to Watch For

This message really works best with good examples, persoal stories of times of loss. The idea is not to minimize the loss anyone is experiencing, or to keep them from crying out to God. The idea is that we do cry out to God because HE is OUR God, we cling to that connection that God is still here and know that we will be and are being redeemed.

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