Suffering like Jesus.
Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said so." 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?" 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Jesus knew who He was, "King of the Jews", and what His assignment was, "to save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). He knew He had to die on the cross to save His people as He stood before the governor and was accused falsely by the chief priest and elders. He gave no answer because He knew He was doing God's will.
What was going on internally that allowed Him to face death without retaliation?
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:23, "When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly." Jesus was entrusting Himself to God and living according to the truth as He suffered doing God's will.
We will suffer unjustly at times in our life. We can follow the example of Jesus. We need to know who we are and whose we are.
We will suffer unjustly in small ways in our families, our work places, and in the other places we live and work in. We need to be following Jesus example on how to suffer unjustly. As we do we will experience the most success in saving people from their sins. Our Christ like response in small sufferings will prepare us for our response when we suffer to the point of death as Jesus did.
Do you remember what you are to do when you experience unjust suffering?
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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