Turning Hurts Into Hallelujahs

Romans 8:11, 18

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Romans 8:11, 18

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is what turns every hurt into a hallelujah. And that same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now dwells in us.

Adrian Rogers says, “It is Easter that turns every tear to a pearl. It is Easter that turns every midnight to a sunrise. It is Easter that turns every Calvary to a resurrection.”

If we want to turn our hurts into hallelujahs, we must first consider our guilt. In His love for us, God gave us free will. Because we choose to sin, we are condemned according to the law of the Bible.

But through Christ’s death and resurrection, we experience grace, instead.

Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death.

There is no more condemnation for our sin, nor can sin control us. However, though we have been freed from the curse of sin, we can still feel the hurt of it.

Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” All of creation groans as a symptom that there is something wrong with this fallen world. Christians groan, for we are not immune to suffering, and there is a lot of it in our world today. We live in a cursed world with other sinners, in bodies that have the curse of sin upon them.

And even though we have been saved, we still choose to do wrong and God must chastise us in love. But there is comfort in knowing the Comforter groans, too. God sees our pain, and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we hurt so badly we don’t know what to pray for.

Finally, we must remember that we’ve been prepared, predestined, and preserved for glory— that is the Gospel.

Because of Easter, no foe or fault can condemn us, and no fear can conquer us.

Apply it to your life

Are you facing suffering of any kind or hurt you want to turn into a hallelujah? Remember: because of Easter, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us in our pain. Spend time with God, and ask for His victory over your life.