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The Sufferings of Jesus – Philippians 3


Philippians 3:10  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

While I was teaching on this text this morning, I asked the class 
when the sufferings of Jesus began.
They indicated it was when He left Heaven to come to earth.
I asked if He had suffered in Heaven before He came to earth. They 
did not think so.
Then I reminded them that before the flood, the Scripture states 
that it grieved God that He had made man because of man's 
sinfulness.
Then the class decided that the Deity had suffered when viewing 
the sinfulness of mankind, whom He had created for fellowship 
with God.
Next, I asked if we may cause Him pain and suffering today 
when we walk willfully in our own ways instead of His.
The class agreed that we do. In thinking about this later, I 
recalled that text where we are said to crucify the Son of God 
anew and put Him to open shame.
If we are going to share in the sufferings of Jesus, one 
aspect of that will be - must be - that we are pained when 
we see the sinfulness of mankind.
We must be pained when we see a sin of division in the 
church and world. We must, especially, be pained when we 
see sin in ourselves. 
Without this pain at sin, we are not likely to have 
much motivation to help people overcome sin.
In sitting down to write this post, I thought of Jesus 
leaving heaven to come to earth because it would cause 
him more pain to remain in heaven while he witnessed us 
in sin than it would for him to leave heaven to suffer 
on earth.
What do you think? Would God's love for us make seeing 
us without Him and in sin more painful than it was for 
Jesus to die on the cross for our sin.
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6 Responses

  1. You are so right, but he suffers more now than before. Look at what the churches are doing now – married same sex, all the things on tv, and so many people now do not believe on the gospel of our LORD JESUS. I strong believed that HE is coming soon, don’t you?

    • Walter,
      I do not know when He is coming, but it could certainly be at any time. Time is so different to Him than it is to us. We cannot know when. However, when the time is right, He will come and make things right.
      Jerry

  2. JERRY I HAVE A QUESTION, WHAT BIBLE DO THOSE PRIEST AND PASTOR READ,THOSE ONE THAT MARRIED SAME SEX,BEACAUSE THE BIBLE ARE AGAINGS THAT AND WHAT WILL HAPPEEN TO THOSE PRIEST AND PASTOR?

    • Walter,

      When people have a mind to do what they want to do instead of what God teaches them to do, they are going to do what they want to do.

      What will happen to them is in the hands of God. It is not my place to pronounce judgment on them – but I would hate to be in their place when the Lord comes.

      • In Isaiah 43 later part of the verse 24 says: …”but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. ” I too wondered if our actions grieved God. You are correct. We could displease or please him. The hurt is borne out of His love for us…not from the point of our might.
        Charles William J
        Tamilnadu,
        India

      • Thank you for your comment. You are right in attributing the pain we give to God to His love for us, not to our own power over Him.

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