The Message for Sunday, June 5

Today, there were some difficulties in getting the message recorded, so here is the outline, and a short comment about what the message covered.

The Inspiration of Suffering             Hebrews 2:5-18

1.  Jesus’suffering crowned Him with glory and honor.

2.  Jesus’ suffering perfected Him as Savior.

3.  Jesus’ suffering made Him our Brother and this helps us in our
temptation.

The Hebrews who were professing faith in Christ were facing all kinds of persecution and suffering.  They were tempted to go back to the faith system “delivered by angels” and get away from the problems of professing faith in Christ.  They are first instructed that Jesus is superior to angels, and that there is no escape from God’s judgment anywhere other than faith in Christ.  And then in our passage for today, they are shown how Jesus, by His own suffering, is the inspiration for our suffering.  We can continue on, and trust the Lord, who “tasted death for everyone,” and we can suffer because He suffered.

Today people would like to escape the suffering that comes from professing Christ in the same way as the Hebrews.  Jesus is like the captain on the ballfield of life and salvation, who came onto the ballfield with us, the team.  His suffering as a man, like a captain taking injuries with the team, inspires us to endure suffering in the cause of the game.  In order to come onto the ballfield with us, Jesus became fully a man and lived a life of suffering for us, finally suffering in death out of obedience to the plan of the Father, to save us from our sin.  He was carried off the ballfield after suffering to the death, buried, and rose up from the grave, proving He was the prophecied Son of God.  We can look to Him who suffered as a man, suffering even to His death, for us, and we can have the kind of enduring faith that saves, given only by God’s grace.

We have the inspiration of suffering.

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