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Suffering of Jesus Christ- Matt 16:21

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Jesus Christ’s life was characterised by suffering, though the worst experiences were reserved for his final days. His sufferings are both redemptive and an example to believers.

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Suffering of Jesus Christ-

Matthew 16:21 KJV 1900
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
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Believers ought to expect to suffer as an inevitable part of their calling. To believe is not to evade suffering; it is to face it with new confidence and hope. Rightly approached, suffering develops the character of believers, equips them for more effective service, draws believers closer to Jesus Christ and prepares them for eternal life.
Jesus Christ Suffered as an example for us
Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.
Dictionary of Bible Themes 5565 suffering, of believers

Suffering is profitable

It affirms believers’ adoption Heb 12:7 See also Jn 15:19; 17:14; Ro 8:17; Gal 6:17; 2Th 1:4-5

It is the price of godliness Heb 12:11 See also Ps 119:67,71; Isa 38:17; Jn 15:2; 1Pe 1:6-7

It is a condition of service 2Co 4:10; Col 1:24 See also Ps 126:5-6; Ac 9:16; 20:23-24; 1Co 4:9-13; 2Co 1:3-5; Gal 4:19; Php 3:18; Col 2:1; 2Ti 1:11-12; 2:3,10

It develops trust 2Co 1:9 See also 1Pe 4:19

It develops character Ro 5:3-4 See also Heb 5:8; Jas 1:3

It deepens fellowship 1Co 12:26 See also Ro 12:15; 2Co 1:7; 8:2; Gal 4:14-15; 6:2

It draws believers to the Lord Php 3:8,10 See also Job 42:5; 2Co 4:8-10; 12:9-10; 1Pe 4:13

It prepares believers for heaven 2Co 4:16-5:4

Lets look now at Christ suffering

I Jesus Christ’s Sufferings Foretold

In the OT - ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Psalm 22:6–8 KJV 1900
But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: Let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Psalm 22:16–18 KJV 1900
16 For dogs have compassed me: The assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: They pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: They look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, And cast lots upon my vesture.
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Isaiah 53:5 KJV 1900
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; And with his stripes we are healed.
If you we a Jew in the time of Jesus and were familiar with the scriptures you would have know that messiah must suffer for the sin of mankind
It should not have come as surprise.
It should have been expected and pointed to who he was. The problem was they were blinded by their own prejudices and could not see the obvious.
Illustration - blinded by evolution and will not even consider creation by God.
1 Corinthians 1:20 KJV 1900
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

In Jesus Christ’s predictions

In Jesus Christ’s predictions

Matthew 16:21 KJV 1900
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
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II Jesus Christ’s suffering During his Lifetime

As a child

Matthew 2:13–15 KJV 1900
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
As a child a death warrant was on His head. So they had to move to a foreign heathen land
A strange place; no family, unfamiliar place but in God protection.
Illustration some of you have suffered greatly as a child
No dad
Abusive home
No guidance
You are in familiar company Jesus also
You have not seen the end of the story yet .......

Because of his family

Mark 3:20–21 KJV 1900
And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
John 7:3–5 KJV 1900
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

Because the gathering in Jerusalem brought together pilgrims from every section of Palestine, Jesus’ brothers saw an excellent opportunity for him to acquire some publicity. Their advice to him was to join the crowds in Jerusalem so that he might enhance his reputation and gain more followers. Their suggestion may have been more sarcastic than serious, since they did not believe in him (v. 5). To “believe in him” may carry with it a recognition of his purpose and sympathy with it, which his brothers did not have. Consequently their counsel may have been for him to abandon the idealism of teaching multitudes in obscurity and of risking death. If he possessed the powers his miracles seemed to imply, he should display them to the best advantage and capitalize on them.

Family hurts are the hardest. A sarcastic father; a violent mother ; brothers that ridicule your faith
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Because of the crowds’ unbelief

Because of the crowds’ unbelief

Mark 9:19 KJV 1900
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
As much as he had travelled with the disciples and seen His workings they still doubted.
A dad that does not support or believe in his son
A wife that belittles and put down her husband
A boss that after years of experience still does not give you a raise.
You are always one more issue or thing away from trust
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Mark 8:17–21 KJV 1900
17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

Because of the religious leaders

Matthew 12:14 KJV 1900
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
You were raise in a liturgical church that put tradition over Bible doctrine.
You are ridiculed and put down
Asked to compromise your convictions to get along

He was betrayed

He was inwardly troubled

Luke 19:41 KJV 1900
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Matthew 26:21 KJV 1900
And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Jesus Christ’s suffering at the time of his death

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He was inwardly troubled

John 12:27 KJV 1900
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
They very people he ate with and served would turn on Him and betray him
Psalm 41:9 KJV 1900
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, Which did eat of my bread, Hath lifted up his heel against me.
A wife leave you for another
psalm 41.49
A boss turns on you after years of friendship
A brother fights you on you father will
A child says he hates you after pouring your life into him
A close friend lies to advance his position

He was betrayed

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He was humiliated

Matthew 27:27–30 KJV 1900
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

III Jesus Christ’s attitude to his suffering

Luke 23:33 KJV 1900
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Matthew 27:46 KJV 1900
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Jesus Christ’s attitude to his suffering

He did not retaliate in his suffering

1 Peter 2:23 KJV 1900
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
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He grew through the experience of suffering

Hebrews 5:8 KJV 1900
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
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IV The Christian experience of suffering

Luke 24:26–27 KJV 1900
Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
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The Christian experience of suffering

Believers share in Jesus Christ’s sufferings

Romans 8:17 KJV 1900
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
2 Corinthians 1:5 KJV 1900
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Romans 8.17

Jesus Christ’s sufferings are an example for believers

Jesus Christ’s sufferings are an example for believers

1 Peter 2:21 KJV 1900
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Believers can over come suffering

Romans 8:28 KJV 1900
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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Romans 8:35–39 KJV 1900
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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