Why Jesus Endured Pain

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5 NIV

The following is a definition of mercy that sheds light upon the joy that was set before our Savior as he endured The Cross.

“Mercy is God's supply system for every need everywhere. Mercy is that kindness, compassion and tenderness, which is a passion to suffer with, or participate in, another's ills or evils in order to relieve, heal and restore. It accepts another freely and gladly AS he is and supplies the needed good of life to build up and to bring to peace and keep in peace. It is to take another into one's heart JUST AS HE IS and cherish him there. Mercy takes another's sins and evils and faults as its own, and frees the other by bearing them to God...".  ~Rex Andrews

Yes Jesus deemed us worthy of his pain, and the more we meditate on this reality the more we will count him worthy of ours as well. This is the unconscious question which confronts us every time we are tempted to yield to self and choose the path of least resistance.

When we face pain and bring our burdens to Jesus we break the cycle of degradation in our lives and the lives of those around us. When we refuse to endure pain for love's sake we exact a high price from others. The alternative to facing our pain is heaping it upon those closest to us. The freighting reality is that if we do not bring our burdens to Jesus we will force our friends and family to carry them. 

We can either perpetuate the cycle of degradation or reverse it. By His stripes we can find healing and be empowered to endure hardship for others. 

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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