Suffering is a part of life we all experience at some point. The day comes when our expectations are suddenly broken, our security undermined and our peace taken from us. Things we fear will happen can happen, and this is when the Book of Job is particularly relevant. This week, Charles Price explains a process that takes place in our suffering where sorrow and depression are turned to strength and hope when faith is all we have.
No one will argue the fact we live in a broken, fallen world. There are countless victims of evil atrocities all over the globe, and we empathize with their losses, pain and suffering. But when it strikes home to the ones we love, it is an entirely different picture that many would have immense difficulty with. This week, Charles Price begins a new series from the book of Job in which the whole question of suffering is explored; its causes and explanations, and most importantly, what can be redeemed from it.
When Moses sent twelve spies out to survey the land of Canaan, two of them came back carrying a pole, each with an end resting on their shoulders. Hanging from the pole were pomegranates, figs and a huge cluster of grapes, showing the abundance of the fruit of the land God had promised the Israelites. The vine becomes a key image that runs throughout the Old Testament, and is today a national symbol of Israel. Author and Bible teacher, Charles Price, concludes his series on the “I Am” statements of Jesus with a portrayal of the true vine, who is Jesus Christ, and an explanation of how our union with Him is what enables us to bear fruit.
The above verse is probably the most controversial statement Jesus made in Scripture. It would be far more acceptable if He had said, “I am a way, I am a truth, I am a life; you may come to the Father through Me,” but Jesus is exclusive about Himself being the only way in which we may come to God. This week, Charles Price, concludes his series on the “I Am” statements of Jesus by presenting an in depth look of what it means for Jesus to be the way, the truth and the life.