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PAIN AND SUFFERING PART 25

Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber (John 18:40 NKJV).

THE GENESIS OF JEALOUSY AND MURDER (22)

Some people often ask the question: “Why do the righteous suffer?” This is a tough question to answer; looking at all the injustices that have gone on in our world ever since the creation of man. Jesus came to this world with a clear vision of saving mankind; and he did this through his preaching, teaching and healing and death. He was doing good wherever he went; but because of hatred and jealousy, he was murdered (crucified) as a criminal.

Pilate in his verdict, made a statement, and followed it up with a question to the religious leaders: “But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews” (John 18:39)? During the Passover, the custom demands that one person should be released from prison. At that time, there was a man called Barabbas who was a criminal. As the law demands, criminals who have done heinous things against the innocent should be put behind bars or killed. Pilate, though a Roman governor, knew this Jewish custom; and wanted it applied to Jesus, whom in his (Pilate) view was innocent. However, the response from the Jewish people was; “Not this Man, but Barabbas” (John 18:40b)!

Jesus, the righteous One was therefore condemned; and Barabbas the evil one who deserved to die was set free. The Bible is replete with stories of many righteous people who suffered because of their faith in God. For example, Job had to suffer at the hands of Satan; once he (Satan) was permitted by God to torture him. In the end, God vindicated job and made him prosperous than before. Church history is fraught with the sufferings of the Early Church Christians, who were persecuted because of their faith in God. Though, some were rescued, majority of them died as martyrs.

Apostle Peter cautions us not to suffer for doing something wrong. Here is what he said; 12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are [a]reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [b]On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a [c]busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this [d]matter (1 Peter 12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are [a]reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [b]On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a [c]busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this [d]matter (1 Peter 4:12-16).

Christian suffering must not be as a result of any sin anyone of us might willfully or otherwise commit; rather, our sufferings must be based on pure hatred and jealousy. For if we suffer as innocent people, then God will use our suffering for his glory. Ours is to continue to pray during such difficult times; and ask for his grace to sustain us as we seek his will. Paul in his suffering, ask God to help him out; but, God’s response to him was; “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Saints, let’s remember that, God knows the best for us; and will not allow anything that will take us away from him come our way. Ours is to depend on him; as we wait patiently for his miracle in times of sufferings. Jesus was humiliated and crucified; but God raised him from the grave on Sunday. Yes, for sure, there’s a Sunday for every Christian who will wait patiently on God.

As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Please, do send this study to your contacts as well.

Dr. Charles Mantey

Senior Pastor
Disiciples Revival Church
Toronto, Canada

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