Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Jesus Suffered Too

Have you reveled in the resurrection of Jesus Christ this week? Are you enjoying the God-given grace-filled life of freedom and peace? Or are you still suffering in your shame and pain? 

The resurrection of Jesus happened thousand of years ago, and we celebrate it annually. Yet Jesus gives us the opportunity to observe it everyday; we can live in liberty with Christ daily. Jeremiah tells us in the third chapter of Lamentations that His mercies are new every morning. Are we daily living lives of deliverance with Him or are we letting the world dictate our existence everyday?

If we have believed in Jesus Christ as our Savior, He will raise us up after we die to live with Him eternally. But right now, here on earth, we can be raised up to live in freedom with Christ Jesus. He offers to us His grace, mercy, strength, peace, and joy when we surrender to Him our stress, shame, scandal, sin, and sadness. 

Jesus understands everything we’re experiencing. Before the resurrection, He lived thirty-three years on earth. Jesus was human and He suffered like us. He knew pain; He faced fears. His purpose in life was to bring the kingdom of God to earth, be the living example of a godly life well-lived, deliver us from sin through His death on a cross, and offer us life eternal with Him through His resurrection.  
When (not if) you encounter trials and tribulations, know (most assuredly) that Jesus understands what you are going through. After all, Jesus suffered too........

  • When you are hungry, know Jesus suffered starvation in the wilderness after fasting for forty days and nights.....Matthew 4:1-4

  • When you’re thirsty, know Jesus not only longed for a drink of water on the cross; He also thirsted for the eternal salvation of all people.....John 19:28

  • When you are tired, know Jesus slept on a pillow inside the boat of His disciples....Mark 4:38-40

  • When you’re frustrated with people from their taunting and mockery, remember how Jesus must have felt when the Pharisees and Sadducees continually tested Him with Biblical laws.....Matthew 16:1-6

  • When you’re shedding your tears over grief and death, know Jesus cried when His friend Lazarus died.....John 11:17-38

  • When sadness overwhelms you, know Jesus went to a solitary place to come to grips with the death of His friend and cousin, John the Baptist.....Matthew 14:6-13

  • Whenever you’ve been rejected or feeling the pain of loneliness, know (without doubt) Jesus experienced rejection and loneliness many times.....Matthew 23:37, Matthew 26:38-40, John 1:11.....He confronted His darkest hour alone; everyone left Him....Mark 14:50

  • When you’re suffering the torment of physical and mental pain, know Jesus was subjected to beatings and ridicule....Matthew 26:67, 27:26-29

  • When you feel like God has forgotten you, know Jesus cried out to God about forsaking Him....Matthew 27:46

Are you suffering pain and sorrow? Know Jesus suffered too. He’s conscious of your cries and recognizes your pain. Psalm 53 (below) describes Him as “the suffering servant.” Trust Him—He understands your hurt—surrender it. Live day-to-day in the freedom of His deliverance through His cross and resurrection.

Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed. 
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 
After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53 (NIV)

He lived and died for us that we might die to self and live! Thank you, Jesus! Revel in His resurrection!

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