In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? Which god suffered ultimate pain for his creatures? If we look for the answer in all world religions, we will not find him there. But if we turn our eyes to the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, brow bleeding and forsaken by His Father, we will find our God!
Therefore, “For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18, NASB). The human nature of Christ felt the full force of temptation. Otherwise, Christ would not have understood the terrific struggle of a poor sinner who is mightily tempted to yield. Christ was tempted in all points “like as we are” (Heb. 4:15).
The wounds of Christ are His credentials. The Bible describes Jesus as “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:3-5).
Through the wounds of Christ, we are assured of God’s love (John 3:16).
No one has suffered more than our Father in heaven.
No one has paid more dearly for the mistakes of His created beings.
No one has grieved over the pain of a race gone bad.
No one has suffered more than the One who, when He stretched out His arms and died, showed us how much He loved us (Hebrews 2:9-10, NASB).
therefore, let us trust the Lord when we are passing through trials and sufferings (I Peter 2:21; 3:18; 4:1). For He knows exactly what we are going through and He will work all things for our good “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
In His service,
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