The LORD has brought victory to us against our enemy. He has done this through His Son, Jesus Christ. While His death looked as though it was utter defeat for believers in Him, it was the very act which defeated sin and death. In our place, Jesus was was handed over to suffer. He was an object of reproach Who received mockery and ridicule from those who watched Him die. He was disgraced for all to see as punishment for crimes He didn’t commit. At the end of His life, Jesus cried out to His Father, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” There was no greater sorrow known on earth than His death. And yet, there was also no greater victory than what He gained for the world that day. It was for the glory of God the Father that Jesus died, and it was for the benefit of God’s people that He sacrificed His life.
As followers of our Savior Jesus, what must we expect to endure to some degree but that which is like what He had endured? If we are being led by Him Whose journey to the Cross was the epitome of horror and pain, shouldn’t we expect to endure suffering too? We are not immune to pain because we follow Jesus. Instead, we are guaranteed to experience suffering because our Lord suffered too! Of course, not all suffering in the world is caused by God. Much is due to the sin of others and to our own sin. And yet, as in the case of Jesus, who was crucified at the hands of sinners, He had complete control to lay His own life down according to the Father’s Will to save. Nothing was taken from Him, and neither will we ever be snatched from His Hands. Even as we suffer for the cause of Christ, for the sake of glorifying God, our situations are also used for God’s Will. When we obey the LORD against the reproach of those around us, God does not forget us. Though Jesus died, He also rose by the power of the LORD. So too are we redeemed by His faithful love.