Good afternoon! Grace and peace to you in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 24v26 "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?"
Jesus met up with two of His followers on the road to Emmaus after He had risen. Their faces were down cast.They did not recognize Him as their savior they thought he was a fellow traveler that did not know what had happen about "their king" that was going to redeem Israel. They had their own wisdom of who He was. He told them how foolish they were and how slow to heart to believe all that the prophets before them had spoken about this man named Jesus they were talking about. Their eyes were not opened to recognizing Him until He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. As soon as they recognized Him he disappeared. He came to them to open their minds about His purpose on earth was fulfilled through His suffering. When we look at Christ what suffering did He suffer most from? Was it the crucifixion? I do not think God would let His one and only Son feel the pain that each blow, hammered nail, and thorns may have caused Him because I know He was comforted and healed by the Holy Spirit. If God took away our physical pain and healed all who were ill they brought to Him do you not think God would taken away all pain from his only Son that came from Heaven. This is God wanting to show and prove His power and love for His Son that overcomes his human weakness. (Mathew 4v24 News about him spread all over Syrai, and people brought to him all who were ill with various disease, those suffering severe pain, the demon possessed, those having seizures and the paralyzed, and he healed them.) The wisdom most "Christains" receive from the cross is we all have to suffer because Christ suffered. The suffering God is talking about is denying yourself daily. God does not hide these things we need to learn, it is us that make them hard to hear because of our own stubborn and hard hearts looking at other gods before Him. For us to get into a right relationship with Him we cause trails and hardships we need because He has to discipline us through them. His humanness was overpowered by the Holy Spirit, the grace of God was sufficient enough in Him to wipe every tear and pain his human nature felt. This was how we are to follow Him. Trust in our Father giving us all we need in this life and receive His comfort because if you know Him personally you know He is the God of comfort! Our human pain, our human diseases is over powered by the grace of God and we are healed by His life giving Spirit. Do we know Him that well? The most that He suffered from was the sinful nature that lives in all of us from all in the past up to the end of time. Every sinful nature in every person in the world He took upon himself. That is what He suffered most, that is why God looked away when darkness took over the earth before He died in the flesh, that pain He had to bare. It was Him that could only bare it for us. It disfigured Him to the point He did not look like a human being. That pain we do not bare any longer when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. We do not know the pain we are living with until He takes it away. He is our sacrifice for our sinful nature. Our sinful nature is crucified through Him and we willingly give Him all of us out of the love we have for Him from the love we received from the cross. Even though giving Him ourselves could never repay what He has done for us, that is all we have to give and we willingly want to give Him all of us and put Him above all things, especially us. This grace we receive compels us to do all things. His grace is that powerful living and growing in us, that it continually changes us, and we do not ever want to loose it! His love draws us to Him in receiving Him and the life He wants us to live.( Isaiah 52v14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him-his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness- v7 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 her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.) We will never have the relationship with the Son as Jesus is to the Father but we are invited to be included in that relationship by the same Spirit of God. Through faith in Him we are all his daughters and sons not suffering oppression, affliction, sorrow, worry, illness, financial worries, or any trouble or trail that comes our way. Our trails and troubles are there in front of us, but they do not affect us as it would other human beings that do not have the life giving Spirit of God living inside them. That is why we speak, live, and love through the Spirit of God so they may turn to Him and be saved.The same life giving Spirit that was in our Lord lives in all of us, but if you do not personally know Him by faith you will not awaken Him. We do not keep crying out in pain because their isn't any, that is the miracle, His grace is sufficient enough to take it away here and now. That is the faith our Lord had in His Father and that is the faith we too can have in our Father through Him.The Holy Spirit is God in continued power Who applies His sacrifice to our own experience. He lives through us as He lived through our Savior. We follow Him! If we are seeing through the eyes of wisdom that God gives us through the birth, life and death of our Lord then I ask you, what do we suffer from? What He suffered from He took from us, so what do we suffer from? We have to stop looking only at Jesus' identity in His human form and start looking at His identity in God's given nature that healed His sorrow and pain as it was happening. When you receive God's nature and His identity through faith, as did Jesus, we receive peace, comfort, joy, here and now! The Holy Spirit overcame His and our human identity by the super natural power of the identity of God almighty. Do you think He had to experience God's peace, grace and love only when He got to heaven, or do you think He received it daily in every breath He took? I say daily through every breath He took, because I do, and if He gives me peace, comfort through every breath I take, I know He gave it to His first and most beloved Son! The Holy Spirit reveals and teaches us all things. I love everyone with the love God gives me for you!