A friend I knew as Papa, Bob Moore, left a legacy today: God is big and suffering like Christ is how we show Him to others.
Both of my grandfathers passed away before I was born, so Bob Moore was the closest thing to a local grandfather I ever knew. I don’t think he intended to become my grandfather, but he became it anyways. By the time he joined Christ in heaven, his body was badly beaten from disease and a few falls along the way. I mention this because it’s in his suffering that I learned the most from him.
People teach us in different ways: Bob Moore taught me
what it meant to suffer like Christ. I never heard him complain as a disease
moved like a freight train through his body. Instead, he embraced Jesus in it
all. For all the study I did of God’s suffering servant (Isaiah 52:13–53:12),
Papa Moore showed me what it meant to really embrace what that servant, being
Jesus, requires of us.