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A Suffering Savior

Posted by Jerry White on Nov 27, 2008

Expressing thankfulness for heaven’s incomparable and incomprehensible gift of the Lord Jesus Christ should always be clothed with a sense of inadequacy. Thoughts, songs, words and emotions can never express in a worthy manner gratitude for what the Lord Jesus did in His humble life and for what He endured for our sake and His Father’s glory. He did this for one reason—pure love—unfathomable love for you and for me.
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He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:3 (ESV)
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“All to Him had been toil and suffering, trial and sorrow. Wearisome had been His pilgrimage, laborious His life, humiliating its every scene, and painful its every incident.
Creatures the best and fondest had disappointed Him, sources of the most promising created good had failed Him, and the hour of His deepest necessity and woe found Him treading the wine-press alone, forsaken by man, deserted by God! An atmosphere of sin had enveloped Him on every side; forms of suffering and pollution each moment flitted before His eye, and sounds of blasphemy and woe fell at each step upon His ear. At whatever point He turned, He saw His Father’s name dishonored, His Spirit grieved, His dignity outraged, His teaching despised, His gospel rejected, and His authority trampled under foot by men swearing allegiance to another and rival sovereign.”
Octavius Winslow
Morning Thoughts, July 13

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