So we must ask ourselves the question, who are we really suffering for when we do the things that we do? I hear people say from time to time to their kids how they work(suffer) this job so that they can have a better life than they did. When it’s all said and done, some of the people who you suffered for are indeed grateful for all you do, but very few are pleased with you for what you do. Your kids are generally pleased with you for loving them no matter what job or things you may have chosen to suffer to fulfil your obligations as a parent. When you chose to make more of their ball games or whatever their activities are over making more extended meetings at the office, with you they are well pleased because you suffered to get that work done later in order to be there for them now.
I think about how Jesus’ death on the cross saved our souls, but what I really think about is who did Jesus really suffer it to be for? In my mind I ask did Jesus suffer the agony of the cross for me or did He suffer it to be for His Father. You know either way we receive all the same benefits, right? I was reading the bible in Matthew 3:13 where Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized, and John initially forbid saying in verse 14 that I have need to be baptized of thee. Then Jesus tells John in verse 15 to go ahead and suffer it to be so now, and John suffered Jesus to the process. Now it wasn’t that John was incorrect in his assessment, but this wasn’t about what John needed. It was about what the will of the Father needed to have done now. Jesus also clarifies in verse 15 the reason why being that it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Once John had baptized Jesus, we read in verse 16 that the heavens were opened unto Jesus, and that Jesus saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. You see it was necessary that the ultimate one, Father, be suffered now, and the rest will follow in decency and in order. If we don’t suffer for the right one, we will end up missing the move of the Father, and please the wrong one. In verse 17 we can read how there was a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Jesus always did what He did to please the Father. You may really need to spend a few evenings burning the late night oil at the office, but always recognize the games or activities that need you to be there now. Then suffer your time to be given to the one that you really need to please.
You do know that it was for God so loving the world that He sent His only begotten son. Jesus came to please his Father as the perfect lamb to sacrifice in place of us. This is why you need to know who you are suffering for when you do whatever it is that you do. Jesus did what He did because it was the will of His Father. I could have told Jesus all day that He should die on the cross for me, but like He told John the Baptist, Jesus would only do that which fulfils all righteousness. Jesus asked His Father if there was a way that the cup of death on the cross could be avoided, but the answer was no. Do you think He was going to ask me if it could be avoided? No. He was not there to do my will, but He came to do the will of His Father. Like Peter and the rest tried to do, we would have also given His flesh the answer that it desired at the time He was suffering the most: No Jesus don’t die on that cross and leave us.
So always suffer for the one that won’t go changing on you. The one that will Love you regardless of your abilities, and for the one that did what no humans that you know would do for you. No one will send His only begotten son to die for you.
It’s Fathertime!!! Make sure you suffer for the one that you want to please the most.