“In bringing many sons to glory,
it was fitting that God,
for whom and through whom everything exists,
should make the author of their salvation
perfect through suffering”
Jesus entered into our humanity, entered into our temptations, and entered into our suffering as well. He is revealed as the complete or perfect human – all that He ought to be. He avoided nothing of what it is to be human but embraced it all – even our suffering. In truth He endured a suffering more intense than anything endured by any other human being.
He suffered the accumulated weight of the sin and guilt of all humankind – past, present and future. He took into Himself all the pain and suffering of the world, and to such an extent that He could say,
- ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)
- “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:45)
The prophet Isaiah said of Him,
- “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” (Isaiah 53:3)
- “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4)
- “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)
The truth is that the man Jesus Christ was more truly human than any of us.
The birth that we are about to celebrate is the entry into the world of ‘the Suffering Servant’
Lord Jesus help me to know that my pain is Your pain – that You are with me in and through it all – and that Your resurrection is mine as well. Amen.