must never forget that Christ did not suffer just during His three years
of public ministry or the last few days of His life when He was crucified.
No, He suffered throughout His life on earth. He who was without sin
lived daily with the corruption and sinfulness of lost humanity.
own family members said He had gone mentally insane. The religious community
misunderstood Him and called Him a demon-possessed man. His disciples
didn't understand Him, and when He needed them most, they ran away.
From birth to the cross, His life was full of pain, loneliness and constant
misunderstanding. He is called a man of sorrows and grief. That's the
Jesus of the New Testament.
In the midst of it all, He chose to suffer in the flesh by saying no
to Himself. He never fought for Himself, argued His case or attacked
anyone to defend His rights. And in the end, Jesus was able to say,
"Not My will, but Thine," embracing the cross to fulfill His Father's
in the flesh became the means for Jesus to learn obedience to His Father.
And His life is our model, says Peter: "Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (1 Peter 2:21).