Summary: We suffer and are sustained just as Christ
March 11, 2012
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For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake (Phil. 1:29).
Christ Jesus lived a life of sorrow and grief while on this earth.
When Christ Jesus preached His gospel to his audiences, they more often than not hated Him, sought to stone Him, toss Him off of a cliff, and ultimately had Him put to death.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Is. 53:3).
But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause (Jn. 15:25).
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong (Lk 4:28-29)
We can’t expect otherwise.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (Jn. 15:18).
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? (Matt. 10:21-25).
God the Father sustained Christ during His incarnation by His presence, promises, works, and words.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles (Is. 42:1).
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (Jn. 8:29).
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (Jn. 14:10).
We can expect the same.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Heb. 13:5).
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (I Jn. 4:17).
Christ’s joy was NOT earthly joy.
He groaned within Himself. He wept. He lived under stress. He had no certain dwelling place. He was angry. He felt all of the feelings that we feel except those arising out of our sinful nature.