There’s such a lot in Philippians 3! I wrote down a couple of things I could have shared with you all, but this one resonated the most:
“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death” – Philippians 3:10. I wonder if that verse will ever stop being a challenge! Oh, I want to know Christ, but what about this sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death? Let’s think about Jesus’ death for a minute and the horrors He went through. I don’t just mean the physical horrors – the beatings; having His hands forced behind His back and nailed to a cross … There were mental anguishes too. He took 3 close friends with Him into Gethsemane – His soul overwhelmed with sorrow. He wanted Peter, James and John to pray with Him, but they fell asleep. They didn’t understand the immensity of what their Lord was about to face; Jesus understood the full scale of it. Do you have friends like that – friends you’re really close to, and you want their prayer-support in the important parts of your life, but they give up instead of praying along-with you? That can be really painful, and then of course there was Judas betraying Jesus.
I wrote a song a few years ago about Jesus’ death and the sufferings He went through:
“You were despised; rejected by men,
“So when I face hostility, why should I complain?
“Left all alone in Your darkest hour,
“So when I have no company, why should I complain?”
The truth is, whether we want to or not, as Christians, we will share in Christ’s sufferings, but we can have the assurance that whatever we go through, He’s already been there. He knows exactly how we feel.
Are you going through a difficult situation at the moment? You don’t have to go into details, but if you leave a comment, I’d love to pray with you. Thank you for reading, and please take comfort from the One who’s been there.