Jesus and Solomon

We will have to come to terms with this fact about God. If there is no escape from what is under the sun, then rescue will have to come from somewhere else. The time will come in which God will personally squint and sweat beneath the sun’s light and heat. He will enter the gainless world, endure its vanity, and feel the pain of it. “In the world, you will have tribulation,” Jesus will one day say. “The poor you will always have with you,” He will declare. In that, He will sound just like Solomon in Ecclesiastes. But then Jesus will go further than Solomon can. Jesus will stand beneath the sun with us. From there He will look us in the eye and declare what Solomon cannot. “But take heart,” Jesus will say; “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

— Zack Eswine, Recovering Eden: The Gospel according to Ecclesiastes, 58.

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