A Purpose For YouBro. David Chancellor
3/13/2005 6:00 PM
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
God chose Christ’s place for this life. He has a purpose for each of our lives, too. Although Christ didn’t really want to go through the suffering, he submitted to the plan. We can learn things through suffering. Christ was obedient. The suffering of the cross was more than physical suffering. The mental and emotional suffering was every bit as hard as the physical suffering. It was hard for him to follow through.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before him. He endured people thinking that he was wrong. He endured the cross for telling people the truth. It may hurt when people think that you’re wrong, but hold to that which is true. Jesus couldn’t deny who he was. The joy of the cross was that men would be kept from dying lost.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
This is Christ’s lament over Jerusalem. Christ loved these – even the ones who put him to death. He wanted the best for them, but they wouldn’t. Love is not always reciprocal. True love reveals itself in suffering. Love isn’t always returned. The one you care about may not appreciate the care. These pushed Christ back. It is hard to bear and be kind when love is not returned. Genuine care will rise above suffering. True love is what caused Jesus to forgive from the cross. No doubt some of the mob later felt remorse, and asked the disciples at Pentecost, "What do we do?" We need to learn the kind of love that suffers, is pushed away, and still comes back for more.
2 Corinthians 12:14-15
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Paul was ready to come and help. He didn’t want to be a burden or a load for others to bear. Paul was interested in the people. He wanted to give them something. He wanted them to have the gospel. It is better to be spent for others than to live to oneself. Would you love when the more you give of yourself the less you get back? Paul was willing to give whatever he could to be a help. Love that grows in suffering is a true love. This is the kind of love we need. Sometimes the ones we help are the ones that hurt us, but it causes us to draw closer to God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
God is the source of our comfort. If you want to know how to comfort others, you’ll have to suffer some things. When you’ve been there, you have something to offer. God helps us with our troubles so that we can help others. God may be allowing you to go through some things to cause you to be useful down the road. He allows suffering so that we can be sensitive to the needs of others. God can be our consolation when others aren’t there to help. Personal experience is valuable. We can go through some things for our good. God allows it so that you can be a blessing and comfort to others.