Suffering: what Jesus came to do and a permanent part of life here on earth. We know Jesus died on the cross for your sins, but do we grasp what that meant to Jesus? Do we grasp the depths to which he had to descend? The things he was made to suffer and willingly suffered for us? That suffering is what made him perfect and makes his children perfect because of his righteousness? We who were dwelling in darkness can now see a great light because of Christ! (Isaiah 9:2). Yet, he was born in a world that didn’t joyfully announce his coming. A world full of darkness and dirt in a filthy stable with smelly shepherds were his welcoming committee. He was born through the pain of a teenage girl, who had likely been called a harlot because she was pregnant and not yet married. The pain of a young woman who had to have her firstborn far from home with her fiancé and no mother in a filthy place. Jesus’s earthly life began with suffering and obedience of young woman and a confused, bewildered fiancé. Then, they had to flee a few months later so Herod wouldn’t kill Jesus before him had come. Yet many other women lost their sons because of Herod’s jealousy. Then Jesus had to grow up just like any other child. He probably got sick, skinned his knees and elbows, and felt lonely. Isaiah says that he wasn’t admired for his looks (53:2). “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows acquainted with grief” (53:3). He mourned and suffered over the death of Lazarus. He felt pain over Israel rejecting his love and forgiveness. Jesus was made perfect through suffering, so he could understand our pain:
“ In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:10, 14-18).
His death has brought us life and destroyed Satan’s power.
His submission brought our freedom.
He took our sins so we could be clean.
He was wounded so we could be healed.
He was crushed so we could be whole.
He was chastised so we could have peace.
He was oppressed and afflicted and silent, so God could hear our cries.
He was buried with mankind so that we could live forever.
He was filled with grief so we could know joy.
He took our sins on himself so we could be made righteous.
He made intercession so God could hear us.
Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Because Jesus suffered, I won’t have to suffer God’s wrath and when I do suffer on this earth…I shouldn’t expect less because Jesus suffered to SAVE me!