Present Suffering, Future Glory (Healing) by Christina Patterson

Present Suffering, Future Glory (Healing)
Christina Patterson
Isaiah 53:1-5

Read: Isaiah 53:1-5

In this study’s scripture we get a glimpse into the life and death of Jesus Christ and it’s not a pretty picture. It’s one if pain, and suffering; however, it ends in peace and healing. If you need healing it is because you are broken, in pain, suffering, and dealing with loss. You need healing because what was broken you want fixed. What was lost you want returned. For your pain and suffering, you want relief. I am sure everyone in some way, no matter how big or small, needs healing in some area of their life. So in this study I want to pull out and discuss four important things to remember for those who need healing.

1) God understands

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. - Isaiah 53:3 NIV

Isaiah 53 really opened my eyes to the life of Christ. It is easy to become very familiar with Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection but little is known about His life meaning the 30 or so years He lived before He started His ministry. He lived a life I assumed was a regular one. I assumed it was not too bad but not too good. However, Isaiah 53 paints an entirely different picture. He was poor, unattractive, and oppressed. Actually, when He starts His ministry Joseph, Mary’s husband who would have been the father figure in Jesus’ life, is not spoken of. Did he die? Did he leave? All we know is there is no mention of Joseph being around. If he die, as some scholars believe, Jesus would have had to take on the responsibility of His family after such a devastating loss because He was the oldest son. Let’s also consider Jesus was from Nazareth, a place believed that no good could come from (John 1:46). He was far from living a life of luxury or even middle class comfort. For His entire life, His burden was heavy, he was not popular, in fact, He was “rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (verse 3).

A man of suffering meantHis entire being could be defined by suffering. Familiar with pain meant hurt and pain accompanied Him, so much so, He had a personal connection and partnership with them. He knew them all too well. However, knowing this about Jesus is important because it means that Jesus understands how hard and painful life can be, because this was His life. He knows what it is like to experience pain and loss and suffering as a child, teenager and adult. His entire life was full of it, not just one part or small piece. This means we can find comfort in knowing that our God understands human pain because He has been there and has felt it for Himself. What other God do you know that can do that? Jesus Christ can. Whatever you are going through, Jesus understands more than you c ...

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