In the incarnation, Jesus voluntarily restricted the use of His Divine attributes, so that He could function in full and complete dependence as a man, as man was always intended to do so. Glory!
One of the by-products of this awe-inspiring life He experienced by faith, was to affirm the trustworthiness and goodness of God to man. Ever since the garden, the goodness of God to man has been in question. Remember, how the enemy tempted Adam by calling God's goodness into question? The serpent made it sound like God was holding out on man. How those words have been repeated in the minds of manifold men and women since that day. "Indeed, has God said..."
In His life of recklessly abandoned faith, Jesus proved that God was indeed trustworthy, bringing Jesus victoriously through not only suffering in this fallen world but even to victory over the grave itself. Like David proclaimed so many years ago, "... we shall walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death!" We will not descend into that valley never to be heard from again. WE WILL WALK THROUGH IT! Note further, it is a shadow. A shadow my friends, cannot hurt us. It can scare us to be sure, but it cannot hurt us.
And by the way, there can be no shadow unless there is a light shining somewhere.
And the light that forms this shadow is none other than the light of the love of God that He has for His kids, and they can indeed, trust His love and care to bring them through the darkest valleys and home to His waiting arms.
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