What does God suffering do for God’s mission? The death and resurrection of Jesus has redeemed all nations, reversing the course at Babel and fulfilling God’s mission as given to Abraham.
Genesis 11:8 tells us that the Lord scattered those trying to build the tower of Babel across the face of the earth and Revelation 7:9 tells us of the reverse, wherein a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, stood before the throne and before the lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
Jesus’ death has removed walls of separation. Isaiah tells us that by his stripes, our wounds, whether historic, physical, or emotional are healed. Unfortunately, we still live in a world where people mistreat, oppress, and kill one another for no other reason than the difference of tribe, religion, or way of thinking. In circumstances like these, Jesus would turn to his disciples and say, “…not so with you.”
We will stand before the throne and before the lamb one day. Will we be among the multitude in white robes that have been washed clean from every sin by the blood of the Lamb? Will we hold palm branches, ready to be God’s instruments of love and peace in a world that is full of conflicts?