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Lost in translation
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
June 10, 2024

A while ago, I took a trip to Germany. In addition to the historic sites, the food was amazing. I’m not sure if you know this, but in Germany most folks speak German. Kidding aside … there were moments, when asking in my broken German, that simple phrases like “where is the bathroom” or “may I have an ice cream cone” got lost in translation. I knew what I wanted. The person on the other side of my conversation knew what he or she wanted, but we couldn’t communicate it clearly.

Biblically that is true too. God loves us. God wants us to have a relationship with him, but due to sin, it gets lost in translation. We have our own pity parties, make God out to be a bad guy, and think that God just doesn’t care about us.

When Jesus prayed to heal a deaf man, this phrase stands out: He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh …” (Mark 7:34). This was not a father frustrated with his children sigh. This sigh was similar to the tears Jesus shed at his friend’s funeral or the compassion he showed to the widow who lost her only son. It’s the same empathy he shows to you. His heart goes out to you. Jesus is not some far-removed God who is too busy to know or care about you. He gave his life for you! 

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

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