He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24:44-48)
I recently read the novel, Sisters of the Undertow, by Johnnie Bernhard. It is a well-written story of two sisters, raised in the Catholic church, who chose a savior. Kathy chose Jesus and Kimberly chose books. It is written in first person from Kimberly’s deep point of view, showing how difficult it is to recover from life’s tragedies without a savior.
Understanding the Scripture that the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins are important to our salvation. Jesus came to save us from suffering. He had to agonize, himself, to understand our suffering and be our sacrifice for sin, but He doesn’t want us to focus on suffering. He wants us to repent because God forgives us and to rise above suffering and be with our loving God. When we choose Jesus as our Savior we can live guilt-free, in peace.
Hopefully, Johnnie Bernhard will write a sequel to Sisters of the Undertow. We can understand her protagonist, Kimberly, and connect to her because most have fought and lost battles without God. We want the Kimberly’s of this world to know God’s love and witness their redemptions.
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to save me from sin and sending the Holy Spirit whose power helps me fight battles. Help me to repent and forgive myself so I can live in peace. I need to begin finding peace and love at home before I can spread it to others. In Jesus’ name I pray amen.