In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, you are invited back to “Pastor Brad’s Corner” for another meditation on the sermons from this past Sunday, one from Mark 14 and another from Job 38, in which we are given a glimpse of the awful suffering to which Jesus was subjected which serves as the foundation all hope for sufferers. The scene relayed to us in Mark 14:27–72 is one that is deeply tragic, recounting the apostle Peter’s fall from grace as he renounces his Lord in the precise moment of his Lord’s trial. Yet, even still, the Lord Jesus endured the suffering of rejection and betrayal and denial in order that his children and followers — including Peter and you and me — would never suffer his denial or rejection. Yes, the triumph that comes to the fore in the midst of Peter’s tragedy is the very promises that despite our unfaithfulness, our Lord Jesus is always faithful. (2 Tm 2:13) And such, too, is the unexpected promise to which sufferers are made to cling as they find God’s words to them to be their only solace in the midst of life’s turbulent seasons. This, I believe, is the prevailing message of Job and, furthermore, is the overriding confidence with which sufferers of every age can endure with hope. Namely, to put it in the unassailable words of Alexander Maclaren, your “Companion in the storm is the Calmer of the terror.”1 I pray you find tremendous blessing and comfort through the course of this episode. Soli Deo Gloria!
“Jesus Drowns Out the Storm Waves,” Donavon Riley
“Lord of the Storm,” Obbie Tyler Todd
“No more tears left to cry: the night of weeping,” article by yours truly
“God loves dark comedies,” article by yours truly
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I’m Brad Gray and I serve as the Senior Pastor of Stonington Baptist Church in Paxinos, Pennsylvania, where I live with my wife Natalie, daughter Lydia, and son Braxton. Besides pastoring, I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in many more ways. I am resolved to faithfully and fervently propagate the gospel of “grace upon grace” for the weary and the worn out. It is my sincerest desire to live and minister all “for the sake of the Name.” (3 Jn 1:7) So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.
Alexander Maclaren, The God of the Amen: And Other Sermons (London: Alexander & Shepheard, 1891), 145.