Roby Ellis | Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-15 | August 31, 2014
A. When it comes to faith, one of the greatest stumbling blocks people have is the question of why people have to suffer.
B. This reasoning assumes that all suffering is bad and that love would always prevent or remove suffering whenever possible.
C. The fact is that suffering is often beneficial, and the greatest example of this point is seen in the suffering of Jesus.
I. Jesus suffered greatly for us.
A. The physical suffering was clearly intense and often reflected upon (Mark 15:15-25).
B. Often underestimated is the mental and emotional anguish of the crucifixion (Mark 15:13-19,29-32; cf. John 19:25-27).
C. Jesus suffered the worst injustice that anyone has ever endured (Mark 14:55-56; 15:7-10).
D. Nevertheless, Jesus’ suffering was absolutely necessary (Luke 24:46; Hebrews 2:10,18).
II. We need to be willing to suffer for Jesus.
A. When we are called upon to suffer, we shouldn’t think it a strange thing (1 Peter 3:13-4:19).
B. We need to remember that suffering has benefits (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7; Romans 8:16-18).
C. When we suffer, we should have the right attitude about it (1 Peter 2:19-23).
A. Are you willing to suffer for Jesus? Will you bear hardships with the same spirit that He did? Will you lay down your life for Him?
B. There is a cross for each of us (Luke 9:23). Will you take yours?