“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of suffering…” – Philippians 3.10

Paul, who penned much of the New Testament, knew what it meant to suffer. He wrote many of his letters in times of suffering, persecution, and even from prison. Paul wrote truths that we would often rather forget: That trials and suffering are a part of life as followers of Jesus. Yet he also shared that suffering can provide us with some of the richest fellowship with Christ we will ever know.

We would all like to live a pain free life. No one goes out looking for trials or suffering. Yet none of us will be spared from these realities either. The good news is, for those of us who have a relationship with Jesus, we can see these things as a way to know Him more, to experience His presence, and to fellowship more deeply with Him.

Easter is a wonderful time to reflect on Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of eternal life. Yet, let us remember that there would be no resurrection if Jesus didn’t first suffer and die. And even more, he suffered and died for our sins. As we embrace all of the good this Easter, let us take time to also meditate on Jesus’ sufferings. Then let us see our own trials as a means to know Jesus more intimately, both the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering.

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com