Perfection (Completion) Through Suffering

It was fitting for God, from whom are all things and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the Prince of their salvation through suffering. (Heb. 2.10)

Jesus is the eternal creator through whom the Father enlivens fallen creatures. Jesus took on flesh, lived among men for 33 years and never once broke any Mosaic Law. After all, He is the One who gave it to Moses (see Num. 12.8). He could not, it is true, but there is more; He explained it fully, in part by the Sermon on the Mount and in His contentions, contra the Jewish leaders, about the Sabbath. In His meekness, He was the prophet like Moses who was to come. The people begged that no further word be spoken to them so terrifying was the sound and sight (see Heb. 12.19-25). God agreed with the people’s request to give them His message in a gentle form such as Moses, the meekest man on earth: Just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him (Dt. 18.16-18 ESV).

Yet, sinless Jesus, was perfected through all the persecutions, trials, and sufferings during His life. Sometimes mere words are cheap such as the claimant of faith in Jas. 2.14-26. I am not saying that it is possible for God’s words to be cheap, they’re not. God proves His words by demonstration to give us hope: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5.8 NIV). Jesus chose to go through the trials to have real world experience to sympathize with us. He chose to fight and overcome before He was crowned Victor. He was promised life in keeping Moses’ Law (see Gal.3.19), and thus nailed the Law’s requirements to His cross in order that redeemed humanity might be free from accusation: having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Col. 2.14-15 NIV).

If the sinless Jesus had to suffer, why do we Christians chaff when we encounter difficulties? A disciple is one who is disciplined by the Lord. Our hardships are necessary to be brought to completion: It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Heb. 12.7 ESV). Additionally, we need to see our deficiencies to realize that God can supply us: He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD (Dt. 8.3 NIV). Therefore, let face our needs and sufferings because God is faithful and will accomplish His purpose in us.

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