“He was both the Lord’s anointed and the Lord’s afflicted” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, May 31st AM).
“It is the cross that gives God his credibility. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it” John Stott (ref#258, p63)?
“What is your sorrow, compared with Christ’s? What is your grief, gauged by your Lord’s? Your Master has passed before you, flinging the curse and the sin from your path, paving it with promises, carpeting it with love, and fencing it around with the hedge of His divine perfections. Press onward, then, resisting your foe resolutely, bearing your cross patiently, drinking your cup submissively, and learning, while sitting at the Saviour’s feet, or leaning upon His bosom, to be like Him, ‘meek and lowly in heart’” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Jan 3rd).
“[A]ll who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:12 ESV).
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor 4:16-17 ESV).
“Why should our exalted Lord appear in His wounds in glory? The wounds of Jesus are His glories, His jewels, His sacred ornaments, the cross! There we behold all His beauties in perfection, all His attributes developed, all His love drawn out, all His character expressed” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, April 23rd PM).
“Behold how every wound of His
A precious balm distills,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, April 23rd PM).
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies” (2 Cor 4:8-10 ESV).