And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Multiple Purposes for Christ's Suffering

 "Experiences in Christ's life:
  • as He sweat blood in His life and death struggle to surrender His will to His Father
  • as He was abandoned and left alone by those closest to Him
  • as He was betrayed by someone close to Him, when Judas sold Him for the price of a slave
  • as He was stripped naked, physically violated, shamed, humiliated, verbally and mentally abused in public by those in authority over Him
  • as He was attacked and assaulted by Satan, the ‘father of lies’
  • as He was tempted to numb His pain when they offered Him wine on the cross, when His nerves were on fire and He had lost blood and water after being beaten and nailed to the cross
  • as He cried out, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46
 
Jesus went through all these experiences of suffering, and many others, so:
  1. He could connect His story with our story in a very specific, personal way
  2. We would discover that He knows what we’ve gone through, identifying with us in all our struggles with sin and suffering in a very specific, personal way
  3. We would allow His suffering to soften our hearts, so we would trust Him with our sins, wounds and brokenness in our lives in a very specific, personal way
  4. He can fulfill His mission statement to share His gospel with us, (Luke 4:18):
    1. healing the broken hearted
    2. setting the captives free
    3. walking us out of our prisons of darkness or blindness
 
The Christ who must suffer,” who chose to connect His story with our story, to heal our hearts and set us free is the hidden half of the gospel, (Luke 9:22; 17:25; Acts 3:18; 17:3; 26:3; Hebrews 2:10; 4:14-16).
When someone who has been abandoned, abused or rejected sees how Jesus was abandoned, abused and rejected, the Holy Spirit can begin softening her heart through the power of identification. When she knows that Christ knows what she has gone through, because He has gone through it Himself, she can invite Him into these areas of her heart carrying all the pain from the ways she has been hurt in life." Straight2TheHeart