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The God Who Suffers

March 28th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, Pastor's corner, sermons

When we think of God, we usually consider that fact that He is righteous, holy, loving, and good. But here is something else to consider about God: He is the God who has suffered.

We don’t tend to think that a perfect Creator would experience such a human trait as human pain and suffering. After all, why would you suffer if you did not have to?

But God has suffered,and that more deeply than any of us could ever imagine.

In his book The Cross of Christ, John Stott said, “Our God is a suffering God.” And I think he is right.

Listen to Isaiah’s description of what Jesus (who was God) went through at Calvary:

“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief . . . Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5 NKJV)

“A man of suffering.” That was Jesus.

But why did God suffer?

Because He loved and loves.  That means He also enters into our suffering as well.

Hebrews 2:17-18 tells us:

”Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then He could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted” (NLT).

You are not alone in your suffering today. Jesus has been there and walked in your shoes and He is here for you right now.

Call out to Him.

This Sunday at Harvest

I will deal with this idea and more in a message I will be giving this Sunday morning at Harvest. The message is titled “Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer and Die?”

This is part of our new series, Essentials: What Every Christian Needs to Know. I hope you can come and join us, or tune in and watch online. It will also be broadcast live in Southern California at 9:45 a.M. on KWVE (107.9 FM).

Links to other resources

You may want to check out our long-form devotion for this weekend here. Also, here is my weekly column for WorldNetDaily.

6 Responses to “The God Who Suffers”

  1. Linda says:

    Greg,

    I know you have had trials that a lot of us parents are going through right now, meaning with your kids. I heard your son’s testimony about doing drugs. What can we do as parents to stand in the gap for our kids who are going the way of the world? I know there’s a throne room of mercy. What other wisdom? From a Christian who wants to be that difference in a darkened world.

  2. Blanca says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    May the Lord give you the peace and love you need to continue writing your story here on earth until we are present with the Lord in heaven. I have 4 beautiful children and just the thought of losing one breaks my heart, but then, as you say, we have the promises of the Lord that makes us pick up the pieces and continue on with the journey of life. I just want to thank Christ for putting such strong and encouraging words through you. May you continue your service for Him, inspiring us on the way. God Bless you and your family.

  3. Debbie says:

    Pastor Greg,
    Thank you for reminding us of how much God loves us. And through our sufferings, a harvest of blessings will come . . . for eternity.

  4. Teri says:

    Awesome message this morning! My neighbor came this morning and made a re-commitment to the Lord~ Praise God! I especially liked the part about the cat wigs (funny stuff). I love to see that you’re very human as well. God Bless you and your family! Teri

  5. Christine says:

    Thanks for this, Greg, especially today.

  6. Cathy says:

    You’re giving us solid teaching, born out of personal experience, that will help us be strong Christians. This kind of teaching shows us how to live now in this day of wickedness and rapid cultural decline, and it prepares us to face the troubling uncertainties of the future with faith. I’ve listened to you teach for 35 years, and lately it is better than ever! Praise God!

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