Suffering: Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows? Part 6

This is Part 6 of 6 parts answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?”

Jesus Is Our Example and Our Overseer

Additionally, Jesus not only set the example of how we are to live but became the Overseer of our souls. He handled every offense and sin against Him with grace and utter dependence upon the Father by means of the Holy Spirit. In His glorious state, He continues to watch over His sheep and intercede for them, as Peter wrote, Continue reading

Suffering: Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows? Part 5

This is Part 5 of 6 parts in answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 6 will be posted tomorrow.

Jesus Suffered on the Cross

After the Last Supper, when Jesus had gone out into the Garden, He bore intense suffering that culminated with the cross itself. While He was praying, He sweat drops of blood from the intense pressure and tension He felt in His body (Luke 22:44). He described His own emotional state when He said, “”My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” (Mark 14:34 NKJ) While He asked His Father to remove the cup (the cross) from Him, He willingly submitted to the Father’s will (Matt. 26:39). Continue reading

Suffering: Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows? Part 4

This is Part 4 of 6 parts answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 5-6 will be posted on succeeding days.

Jesus Suffered in the Course of His Pre-Passion Ministry

The most significant suffering Jesus endured was on the cross when He became sin for us and the Light of the World was “shut down” (Luke 23:44). But before the cross, Jesus endured a multitude of different forms of suffering.  Mark Bailey makes a tremendous summary of 50 experiences Jesus endured in the 52 identified days recorded in the Gospels of His Pre-Passion ministry, Continue reading

Suffering: Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows? Part 3

This is Part 3 of 6 parts answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” parts 4-6 will be posted on succeeding days.

Jesus Suffered According to the Father’s Will

But why did Jesus suffer if He never inherited the penalty of Adam’s sin or a sin nature, like the rest of the human race, and He Himself never sinned? Mark Bailey records fifteen reasons why Jesus suffered, Continue reading

Suffering: Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows? Part 2

This is Part 2 of 6 parts answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 3-6 will be posted on succeeding days.

Jesus was Perfect in the Father’s Will

Jesus was not perfect for His own sake, but for the Father’s and for the blessing of all mankind. He never did anything in His humanity that He did not see the Father doing, “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19 NKJ) This meant He was completely under the Father’s authority. Even though He was both the Son of God and God, He still submitted Himself entirely to the Father’s will for the sake of the glory of the Father. He also purposed to do the Father’s will in eternity past as the second member of the Trinity, Continue reading

Suffering: Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows? Part 1

This is Part 1 of 6 parts answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 2-6 will be posted on succeeding days.

There is one person who should have escaped all suffering. If almost all of the suffering is related to personal sin and living in a sin-infested world, then most can understand the misery by association with other sinners. All of the human race was represented by Adam and received the presence of the sin nature from Adam’s original sin. That sin nature was passed down from father to child throughout history and to every member of the human race.  However, there was one person who did not receive a sin nature, Continue reading

Book Review: The Lord from Heaven by Robert Anderson

“The Lord from Heaven” is a concise work on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Motivated by a young missionary, who struggled in his faith to explain the Lordship of Jesus Christ, specifically, His deity, Anderson wrote this work. Thomas cried out, “My Lord and My God.” Jesus was not a humanized God or a deified man. He was the God-man, who was fully God and true humanity in one person. Continue reading

Suffering: How great is the suffering that God allows? Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 parts answering the question, “How great is the suffering that God allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?”

Jesus’ Death On the Cross was the Ultimate Example of Suffering

By the time Jesus was on the cross, He had already suffered in many ways. He had endured six illegal civil and religious trials during the (sleepless) night before. He then went through the brutal persecution and torture from the Roman soldiers. They beat a crown of thorns into His skull (Mark 15: 16-22). They thrashed His body with a cat-o-nine-tails (which was a leather whip with many pieces of metal and bone woven into the leather straps). After mocking Him with a purple robe and bowing down to Him, he carried His cross part of the way to Golgotha, before He collapsed from exhaustion. But He never opened His mouth through this (Is. 53:7).

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Suffering: How great is the suffering that God allows? Part 2

This is Part 2 of the question, “How great is the suffering that God allows?” as part of the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 3 will be posted tomorrow.

Paul’s Suffering Example

What about the suffering Paul endured. Did God allow his suffering? Paul understood from hindsight that God was always sovereign in every detail. Paul wrote,

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Insights: Crucifixion

This article was adapted from the late C. Truman Davis, M.D. as recorded in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary. In honor of the Lord Jesus Christ’s “Good Friday” work as a Substitute for you and me, I submit this for your reflection and prayer for living a life that is holy and pleasing to Him.

Crucifixion

What is crucifixion? A medical doctor provides a physical description: The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place.

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