Suffering for Us

“I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my
beard;  I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.”
Isaiah 50:6

The vast majority of us enter this world making noise. If we don’t initially, we’re bound to start howling sooner or later. We are guided by an inherent desire to voice our complaint, to shield ourselves from trouble or to stand against some injustice. To do anything less is practically un-American.

Yet it would seem that the gospel is the fruit of a very different sort of behavior. The voice we hear in Isaiah 50:6 is that of a man who has relinquished his entitlement to comfort and even dignity. Some people involuntarily find themselves in a place of torture: he “offered his back.” Some are caught in deceit or framed: he allowed them to pull out his beard and shame him.

Most of us work our way out of the line of fire, hoping to be overlooked. He did not hide: in the confidence of purpose only a perfect God could exhibit, he surrendered to torture and false accusations, and denied himself the right to resist. He allowed us to remove his human dignity. He suffered at our hands, and by this he demonstrated that our only dignity is found in
~ Breanna Siebring

“In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?
He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death.  He suffered for us.”

John Stott


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