Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once for all time. He never sinned,
but he died for sinners that he might bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical
death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
It’s interesting how things happen sometimes. My pastor was talking about this verse
on Sunday and here again on Monday I receive it my e-mail. He focused more on verse
17 which really made me think about my life and hoe Christ suffered much more than
I ever will and yet I pray to have my suffering taken away.
My pastor asked the question who hates pain. Only a few people put up their hands
and I really started to think about if I like pain. Do I take pain as a lesson to
be learned or something to avoid completely. I used to want pain because I thought
I deserved it and that it was the only way I should be treated. I wanted to have my
life destroyed so I didn’t have to face life but I realized that what I was really
doing was trying to avoid pain in my life and wanted to take the easy way out and
just leave this world. I now know that I need to experience pain to learn how to deal
with it and to be able to rejoice in the Lord. I need to consider my trials as blessings
and share my experiences with others.