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JESUS' SUFFERING

The entire life of Jesus on earth was one of humiliation and suffering. Shortly after His humble birth, Christ endured the painful circumcision, and humiliating flight into Egypt. Following His return, He lived in despised Galilee, in humble Nazareth, and endured the daily hardships of a poor laborer's life.

His sufferings increased after entering His official ministerial work at thirty years of age. They reached their unspeakable peak at the close of His life - at Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Golgotha.

Jesus suffered bodily. He experienced hunger, thirst, poorness, tiredness, beatings, scourgings, and crucifixion. Christ also suffered mentally and emotionally. He endured rejection, hatred, slander, and mockery. But above all. Jesus suffered spiritually. His soul's suffering was unspeakable.

Due to Christ's perfect sinlessness and love for righteousness, His daily contact with sinners, temptations, and hypocrites was unspeakably great. If the sins of Sodom "vexed Lot's righteous soul from day to day" (II Peter 2:8), how much more was the perfectly sinless soul of Christ vexed with the daily sins of all with whom He came in contact. The following story provides a shallow example of this truth:


    After returning home from a family get-together evening, Ingrid cried and poured out her heart before God. The talk and laughter of the entire evening had been so trivial, shallow, and meaningless. "Oh, why," she sobbed, "why must we waste so much precious time talking about matters of little value?"

    While the conversation of the evening had not been openly mocking or disrespectful, Ingrid felt the deep sinfulness of its being very shallow and void of anything truly worthwhile - of value for time and eternity. Due to God's gracious influence in her soul, she suffered under an impression of the spiritual emptiness in the conversation of the evening. Others attending the same get-together never felt the sufferings she did because they missed her spiritual insight.

    If this is true of Ingrid, imagine the infinite depth of

 

But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He bath so fulfilled.

- Acts 3:18

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.

- Philippians 2:7

Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.

- Hebrews 5:8

 

  • Vexed - Provoked; irritated; grieved; disturbed



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