“Paul and the apostles rejoiced at the thought that they participated in Christ’s sufferings. How could this bring them joy? The reason it could bring them joy, is because suffering for the cross meant that they were united with Jesus in his suffering. If they are united with Christ in his suffering, that is a reminder of the fact that we are also united with him in his death, and resurrection! And with the resurrection comes the crown of life – eternal life.”
Pastor Gutierrez preaches on suffering and “The Crown of Life” from James 1:12-18.