Suffering faced by the servant of God

Author: Voice Of God Ministry  //  Category: Messages

In this universe every person and all the creation suffer for various reasonswith murmuring. But,in the life of a servant of God, although he face a lot of suffering, henever complaint to others on the same. One loving husband never ever complaints to anybody about his wife.

One wife will never ever complaint to anybody about her Husband,likewise Elder and believer in the church. If anything goes wrong, feel free and tell it to our Heavenly father for He know the correct way to deal the same. Jesus had never complainedtoanyone about anything in his whole life, even though not all that He faced was right. Moreover Jesus suffered more than us and He was put into temptation just like us.

Lord accepts us just as we are. But, we have to prepare our self hardly into perfection day by day, this should be our motive.

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing’s we do, yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15 But, the servant of Godhad to suffer with happiness to do the will of our heavenly Father. In Old Testament or in New Testament the result is the same just like a student working hard to get high marks in their examination.

In Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. It did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church.

It is not much worth able to discuss about the group sum of Christianity. Jesus said, that you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:32

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me. ’Matthew 25.34-40

Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35. This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11. How can we demonstrate love for God? Our love for God will be expressed in our love for others. “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).

The Bible has a great deal to say about servant hood because the central theme of the Bible is the Servant of all—Jesus Christ. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many “Mark. When we give Jesus Christ His rightful place as Lord of our lives, His lordship will be expressed in the way we serve others.

True leadership is servant hood, and the greatest leader of all time is Jesus Christ. Servant hood is an attitude exemplified by Christ “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” Philippians 2:6-7. The five words in the New Testament translated “ministry” generally refer to servant hood or service given in love. Serving others is the very essence of ministry.

All believers are invited forministry. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20, and, therefore, we are all called to be servants for the glory of God. Living is giving; all else is selfishness and boredom. It has been rightly stated, “Rank is given you to enable you to better serve those above and below you. It is not given for you to practice your features”.

Let’s serve others by serving Christ Colossians 3:23-24. God the Father has served us by sacrificing Christ on the cross for our sins, and we should serve others by giving the gospel and our lives to them

1 Thessalonians 1:5-6.Those who desire to be great in God’s kingdom must be the servant of all Matthew-20.2

Who is Servant of the Lord?

God’s servants were those who worshiped him and carried out his will, often in important leadership roles. Individuals such as Abraham Gen 26:24, Moses Exodus 14:31 ; Deut 34:5 , David 2 Samuel 7:52 Samuel 7:8, and Isaiah 20:3 were called God’s “servants” as they obediently walked with the Lord. There are several references to “my servants the prophets” 2 Kings 17:13 ; Jer 7:25 ; 26:5 , sent by God to call Israel to repentance and renewal of the covenant.

Sadly, the prophets were often rejected and sometimes killed Luke 11:47-51, in spite of the divine word they delivered. In the last half of Isaiah, scholars have identified four servant songs that describe the accomplishments and suffering of one called the servant of the Lord

Suffering of one called the servant of the Lord

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Saviour and 6 my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. Psalm.42:1-7 ;

Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world! High and low, rich and poor—listen! For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight. I listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp. Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me? They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches. Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God. Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave. Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind. Psalm:49:1-6

Jesus the first coming of Christ

Possibly Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the broken-hearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favour has come and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of equity for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.

In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. Contains yet another servant song. Although Isaiah sometimes refers to the servant as “Israel,” New Testament quotations and allusions clearly relate the ministry of the servant to the first coming of Christ and his atoning death.

The Work of the Servant.

Unlike the nation Israel, the servant of the Lord listened to God’s word and spoke words of comfort and healing 42:2-3 ; 50:4-5 . Yet his words were powerful and authoritative, and like a judge he was concerned about establishing justice and righteousness Isaiah 42:1Isaiah 42:4 ; 49:2 . Twice the servant is called “a light to the Gentiles” 42:6 ; 49:6 , and “light” is clearly paralleled to “salvation.” Similarly, the servant is involved in the restoration of the nation Israel 49:5. He is “a covenant for the people” 42:6 ; 49:8 as the ruler who was promised in the Davidic covenant 2 Sam 7:16 and the one who would initiate the new covenant. The servant opens the eyes of the blind and frees captives from prison 42:7 ; cf. 61:1.

The Suffering of the Servant.

In order to bring salvation to Israel and the nations, the servant had to die to pay for sin, and this theme of suffering and death becomes increasingly clear as the servant songs unfold. At first we are told only that “he was not falter or be discouraged” 42:4, but then the servant faces strong opposition and appears to have failed 49:4. He was despised and mocked to the point of being spit on, beaten, and otherwise humiliated 49:7 ; 50:6-7 .

In the final servant song 52:13-53:12 we learn that the servant was disfigured “beyond human likeness” 52:14 and “poured out his life unto death” as a guilt offering to make atonement for sin Isaiah 53:10Isaiah 53:12 . His vicarious death brought peace and healing to humankind and justification for many Isaiah 53:5Isaiah 53:11. As the perfect sacrifice for sin, the death of the servant was in accord with God’s will and resulted ultimately in victory and exaltation. The one who died now lives to intercede on behalf of believers Isaiah 53:10;Isaiah 53:12 .

Although the number of quotations from the servant songs are surprisingly limited in the New Testament, there are several important references to Christ as God’s servant.

Jesus, God’s Chosen Servant

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” Luke 9:22

But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them, but he warned them not to reveal who he was. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him: “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me…I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public.

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. And his name will be the hope of all the world. “The longest quotation is found in Matthew 12:18-21, which cites almost all of Isaiah 42:1-4 in connection with Christ’s healing of the sick. Matthew 8:17 also refers to Christ’s ability to heal the sick and drive out evil spirits as a fulfilment of Isaiah 53:4: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”

Paul quotes my ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will Rom 15:21 in connection with his mission to preach the gospel to the Gentiles Isaiah 52:15, and both Paul and John cite 53:1 with reference to Jewish unbelief

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message? Yes, they have: “The message has gone throughout the earth, and the words to all the world.Rom 10:16 ;

But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “Lord, who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, John 12:38 .

Paul also utilized Isaiah 49:6 as his preaching became “a light for the Gentiles” 46 Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. For the Lord gave us this command when he said,’ I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth Acts 13:47 .

Of the Gospel writers only Luke uses Isaiah 53 in speaking of Christ’s suffering and death: “And he was numbered with the transgressors” 53:12 ; Luke 22:37 . Answering the eunuch’s question, Philip preached “the good news about Jesus” from this passage about the lamb who was sacrificed the passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”[d] 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him Acts 8:32-38 .

While encouraging believers who were suffering, Peter cites several verses from Isaiah 53. Christ’s submission in the midst of unjust threats is linked to verse 9For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered[k] for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.

1 Peter 2:21-23 , and the substitutionary nature of Christ’s death is derived from verses 4 and 11He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed1 Peter 2:24. We have been healed by the wounds Christ suffered on our behalf as the good Shepherd gave his life to rescue the straying sheep Isa 53:5-6 ; once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.1 Peter 2:25 .

The Servant’s death was substitutionary. Note how representative it is; it is He for us:

1.He took up our infirmities
2.He carried our sorrows
3.He was pierced for our transgressions
4.He was crushed for our iniquities
5.Punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
6.By His wounds we are healed
7.The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Here I must repeat Isaiah’s words because there is more than one crucial perspective on Christ’s work. Some evangelicals today will admit one element of Christ’s work and deny another

In New Testament Allusion the portrayal of Christ as the suffering servant stands behind many other passages. Four times in Acts the word “servant” is applied to Christ in connection with his death For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this.

This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release himActs 3:13When God raised up his servant, Jesus, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways.”

Acts 3:26starting with Samuel, every prophet spoke about what is happening today. You are the children of those prophets, and you are included in the covenant God promised to your ancestors. For God said to Abraham, ‘Through your descendants[f] all the families on earth will be blessed.’ When God raised up his servant, Jesus, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways.Acts 4:25-26 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”Acts 4:30 .

Twice Christ is called the “Righteous One,” perhaps an allusion to the “righteous servant” of Isaiah 53:11 this is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact Acts 3:14 ;

John the Baptist called Jesus “the Lamb of God” The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me John 1:29-30

While on the day of Pentecost Peter spoke of “God’s set purpose and foreknowledge” that lay behind Calvary But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. :Acts 2:23-24.And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake” Acts 9:16

Paul’s reference to Christ’s being raised for our justification reflects the Greek translation of Isaiah 53:11 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God Rom 4:25 , and the same verse may have affected the wording of “the many will be made righteous” Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. Rom 5:19. Mark’s key reference to the Son of Man as a servant who gave his life “as a ransom for many” may also stem from Isaiah 53

Jesus is called the son of God in many places in the New Testament (Matthew 27:54; Mark 1:1; John 1:49; 3:18; 2 Corinthians 1:19, etc.). But Jesus is also called the servant of God in Acts 3:26, “For you first, God raised up His Servant, and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.” So how can Jesus be both the Son of God and the servant of God?

First of all, the term “son of God” when it is in reference to Jesus is a claim of equality with God. John 5:18 says that Jesus, “Was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” Furthermore, Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, the word that was made flesh John 1:1, 14.

Second, the term “servant” does not mean that Jesus, who is God in flesh Col. 2:9, cannot serve the people whom God the Father sent him to redeem. Being a servant and being the “son of God” are different categories and are not mutually exclusive.

Jesus has two natures, both divine and human Col. 2:9, was made under The LawGal. 4:4, and for a while was lower than the angels Heb. 2:9. As such, under The Law he came to serve those who are lost by being an example to them and dying for them.

“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many,” Matt. 20:28.

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. By Paul in 2 Timothy 1:12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

Finally Jesus call everyone to be a servant of God by His calling word“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.Matthew 23:8and don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual FatherMatthew 23:9

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow meMark 8:34Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.Luke 9:23

We must follow our Saviour who was humiliated, who suffered injustice, who did not complain of the wrongs done to Him, and who was satisfied with the vindication that would come from God. This is part of our calling too, since we are commanded to bear our cross.

This song exudes the pride of the Father in the Son. That same pride and boasting in the cross of Christ comes first in the conviction of the mind from God’s word. It then flows into our motivations and emotions in worship, evangelism and self-sacrifice as well.

It is a terrible sin to neglect the cross. Many today think it is a good strategy to skirt around the edges of the gospel and avoid its shocking yet glorious core. They call it being “relevant”. Our need today is to be Biblical.

Jesus Christ is the Servant Isaiah has spoken of – rejected, crucified and raised to glory with nations now coming to faith in Him. Join in and bow too, and you will find in Him, the Sin-Bearer, forgiveness and acceptance. Many still hide their face from Him, and more and more find majesty in Him. To have God’s great Servant as Saviour is to be saved from the wrath that fell on Him; to reject Him is to face God’s justice forever by them self.

“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Revelation 22.12-13. He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon! “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.[f Revelation 2230-21

Prayer Request:

Dear beloved Brother/ Sister in Christ, this is to bring to your kind notice that, coming 15th, i.e September 15th am again going to CMC Vellore for my treatment, this time it would be a review and a scan to be taken. So dear Brother/ Sister please do uphold me in your daily prayers that the Lord should perform miracle in my life and make the medical process simple. I surely believe the Lord can do mighty things. Thank you once again for your prayers.

God Bless

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