Suffering of Christ found its way to the cross. Jesus suffered constant testing, criticism and rejection all His life. Finally, He entered Jerusalem knowing full well that He would have to go via dolorosa to the cross on Golgotha. An intentional love to offer salvation to humanity.
Jesus was called an associate of Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24,27), a glutton and a wine bibber (Matthew 11:19). He was called a friend of sinners and accused falsely of many things. But Jesus could bear all these things because He knew He had to bear them if He has to fulfil the mission: To seek and save those that are lost (Luke 19:10).
Has the Master found you? Did you hear the knock on the door of your heart and open it for Him to come in and sup with you? Did the heaven rejoice over your repentance? Like Zacchaeus, did you make some life corrections? Are you feasting at His table daily? If your answer is a ‘Yes’ to all the above then you are ready for the next question!
What mission are you on? No matter what your ‘ministry’ (all service to man is a ministry unto God), you would expect the power of God to be in you, the angels to attend to you and that your word and deed would bear fruit. God has indeed promised these in Christ.
However, there is one other thing we demand from God: immunity from pain of false accusations, injustice and rejection. God did not grant it to Jesus. We know that even as the Son of God, He did not have such privileges.
Good Friday is all about calling our attention to the fact that we are to be saved, forgiving and serving. Such a mission will require that we accept pain and suffering as a part of it. After all, we are part of the same mission Jesus accomplished and entrusted to us. Can we change the rules of the game? Listen to what Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you (John 15:20).”
“Cross was not administered with an anaesthetic.” Neither is the one that we are called to carry (Luke 9:23).
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Samson Gandhi