For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. (1Pet 2:21)
Jesus Christ suffered for us. He endured much pain and sorrow while doing good for us. Jesus suffered physically throughout His trails, torture, and crucifixion. He suffered emotionally as He was rejected by many, especially when all the disciples deserted Him and fled when Jesus was arrested. He suffered spiritually as He cried out on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mt 27:46) Jesus was crucified to bear our sins. The suffering of Jesus Christ was God’s plan for the salvation of the world.
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Col 1:16)
The words of Isaiah 9:6 are one of the most powerful prophecies testifying that the coming Christ is to be called “Mighty God.” Jesus created the world and upheld all things by the word of His power. Jesus is God from the beginning. He used the name ‘I AM’ (Jn 8:58) which was used by God when He appeared to Moses (Ex 3:14). God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Ac 10:38). Jesus’ mighty power is evident. The four Gospel books have recorded many miracles and wonders that Jesus performed. Today we can also experience His mighty power.
Have we been in deep spiritual struggles before? We knew we had to be better spiritually, but we continued to struggle with our sinful desires. We knew we had to trust in God, but we could not help but think that God was not there for us. It is as if God had not cared about us.
You make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence there is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I love it when I enter an office with a full and equipped pantry. I can have breakfast to start the day energetically, healthy snacks to last me the day when I need an energy boost. The best part is that it never runs out because it is always well-stocked.
When peace finally came upon the reign of David, the first thing David wanted to do was to build a fitting house for God. How magnificent was the temple in David’s mind! How appropriate would it be for David, who defeated many enemies of God’s people, to build a temple to glorify His name! So intuitively good was the idea, that prophet Nathan didn’t even bother to ask for God’s approval. But God had a different view. God told David, “You shall not build a house for my name”.