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Seven days ago, Trinity Baptist Church lost a dear, beloved friend, church member, and devoted follower of Jesus. She was a wonderful, kind, young woman who had so much love and grace, whose laugh and smile were instantly infectious, and whose life shone with a joy that could only come from her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To say she will be missed is a huge understatement because she was involved in almost every aspect of Trinity’s life, and she touched the lives of everyone who knew her.

“Why?” is the question all of us now ask. “Why, Lord, would someone who was loved so much and who loved so much die at such a young age?”

These questions are ones I cannot answer right now. Oh, I know that there are profound theological and biblical answers to the question of suffering, answers that remind us that we live in a fallen world, a world of our own rebellion against God, where sin, death, and the devil continue to wreak havoc in us and, sadly, through us and because of us; a world where we are the cause of sin and we suffer because of sin – and much of the time we cannot make sense of any of it. With sin and evil, there is no such thing as “fair play.” So “Why?” is a real, honest question.

But this question invites us to see things differently. It's as if we are caught between the horror of Good Friday, when Jesus the Son of God was crucified, when all seemed lost, and the wonder, joy, and victory of Easter Sunday, when Jesus was raised from the dead, triumphant over sin, death, and the devil. So, we live in a broken world where death appears to hold sway and where answers in the face of suffering and death seem hard to come by. Yet, we know crucifixion is not the end, suffering is temporary, death does not have the last word. We wait for that greater Sunday morning when death’s power and the devil’s ways will finally be destroyed, and the unalloyed glory of Christ’s eternal kingdom will be revealed at his second coming. As Colossians 1:18 reminds us, Jesus is the “firstborn from among the dead, so that”, the verse says, “in everything he might have the supremacy.” For, Revelation 21:4 declares, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

I think about our dear friend a lot. Like all of us at Trinity, I miss her so much. I ask, “Why? Why her? Why now?” I cannot answer these questions. But I don’t think I’m meant to. Instead, I trust my Lord Jesus, who suffered, died, and rose again; and I rest in the truth of the Gospel that Sunday is coming and then the questions I have now won’t matter, for the old order of things will have passed away.

視頻大意翻譯(video Chinese translation):



她的過世很難理解。“為什麼?”是我們所有人現在都會問的問題。“主啊,為什麼一個如此被深愛著、和充滿愛的人會在這麼年輕就過世呢? 就在她活著還有那麼多事情可以做,可以幫助許多的人的時候呢?”