Having looked at Jesus’ obedience, we consider the other part of the price He paid: His sufferings. Just as His whole life was a life of obedience to His Father, so His whole life was a life of suffering to satisfy His Father’s justice. We consider four things: 

  • His sufferings as a child. 
  • His sufferings as an adult before His public ministry. 
  • His sufferings in His public ministry. 
  • His sufferings on the cross. 

Why did Jesus endure these things? It wasn’t because of any merit in us, but because He chose to love us purely out of His sovereign good pleasure. We are challenged to turn from all our sins, realizing from the character of Jesus’ sufferings just how abominable they are in the sight of God, and to be willing to humble ourselves and suffer, if we are called upon to do so, for the One who humbled Himself and died for us.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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