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For Jesus, With Jesus

posted Aug 4, 2017, 2:04 PM by Bowmansville UMC
From Turning Point Ministries.

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Hebrews 5:8

Recommended Reading
Isaiah 53:10-12

In the classic board game Monopoly®, one of the most coveted cards to draw is the orange “Get Out of Jail Free” card. Every player eventually winds up in jail—you land on the policeman in the corner or you draw the “Go Directly to Jail” card. But if you have the “Get Out of Jail Free” card … no problem! You can go to jail and get out of jail in the same turn!

That’s fun because it’s a game. 
Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes we end up in the jail or there is suffering, calamity, sickness, trouble, or pain—and there is no orange card to set us free.  New Christians sometimes think following Jesus means no more troubles. Then they learn that Jesus suffered during all three years of His earthly ministry. And His disciples, later as apostles, suffered as well, even as they walked in God’s will. Here’s what we must remember: Suffering for Jesus is to suffer with Jesus. He promised to be with us until the end (Matthew 28:20), never leaving or forsaking us (Hebrews 13:5).

Following Jesus, whether through blessings or burdens, has the same result: being conformed to His image (Romans 8:28-29).

There is a certain kind of maturity that can be attained only through the discipline of suffering.
D. A. Carson

Folks of Bowmansville,  I have been asked by all at different times of our suffering....... even though we love the Lord, yet why do we suffer.  What I read today (above) is part of the answer but not all.  We live in an imperfect world due to the "fall" of man (and woman) in the Garden.  The Good News is that Jesus will come and make all things new (Book of Revelation 21:5), but we as his servants must endure and fix our eyes upon the Cross of Jesus.  Pastor Jim