The Constant Suffering Of Our LORD
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps 1 Peter 2:21.
We know that our Lord and Saviour came to this earth and suffered for us. He was and is the perfect example for us to follow. As Christ suffered and is our example, we realize that we too will suffer. And while we suffer each day in various ways, it in no way measures up to the suffering that Jesus went through. We can think of many examples of Christ’s sufferings. Many of those examples would likely be ones leading up to, and at, the crucifixion.
Christ was beaten and mocked. He was put through the mock trial. He had a crown of thorns placed upon his head. Skin was torn off of His back through scourging. He had to attempt to carry His cross that He was to be crucified on. And of course, He was nailed to the cross and hung there for our sins.
These are just some examples of how our Saviour suffered. When we look at that and compare it to our own suffering, it makes our lives look like a cake walk in comparison.
However, it wasn’t just the specific events that we read of in the bible when Jesus suffered. He had a constant suffering. Just being a Man must have been suffering for Him.
There are often movies and stories of a rich prince or princess who find themselves taken from their glorious home. They come to a poor area and learn what it is like to live away from the joys and ease of their previous home. In these stories we see their suffering.
We can put our selves into the shoes of someone with a very luxurious job with fancy cars, homes, and millions of dollars. Then imagine losing it all, going bankrupt, and then working for some fast food restaurant. Think of the suffering that would bring you.
This is what happened to our Lord. He lived in a perfect home with His Father, away from all sin. Then He left it and came here where He was surrounded by sin. He was treated as a commoner when He is the one and only Son of God. And yet with this constant suffering He “committed no sin” (1 Peter 2:22-23). Christ suffered greatly and constantly, and showed us that we can get through it. He is the example and He gives us the hope.
-- John Thrower Jr.