Accepting the suffering will hasten His return
Parallel to some other articles on suffering for Christ
Will you suffer for the redemption of souls who are most in need for forgiveness? There are more souls than ever before that are in dire need of God’s loving embrace of mercy, but unfortunately have no one to take on the ministry of willing to bear their sins in the suffering for others. We know that to suffer has its deep rejection of self-healing and wishes to offer the purest essence of release for someone who has not met the forgiveness of a loving God.
Without a sanction of feeling pain Jesus would never successfully have reached the pinnacle of life-giving mercy for you and me. Each step he took on the road to crucifixion meant another soul representing untold persons who could not find the path to seek the meaning to expiate their own failures.
Tonight, as in a conversation with the Lord, he said your suffering will certainly increase if you are to be my disciple. Connecting with a discipleship demands total exclusion of healing so as not to have any recourse but take on the sins of others through expiating their sin through a mystery of suffering. Many people pray for those who have slipped away from me, but too many will not accept suffering which will hasten my return. Suffer, take on the failings of others, and then I will be coming soon.
We are all aware that God did not expect to reject anyone of his own doing; anyone who stays away from the forgiveness of God does so by their own choice. However, in spite of so many choosing to reject God’s mercy, he still wishes for them to turn around and seek a life of freedom from sin.
Herein the very reason the Lord has sought out souls who will willingly suffer for the sins of so many that appear to walk in a fog without being able to find their way out. Each of us who will take on the role of a suffering servant, just as Jesus did, will accomplish more than we could ever imagine. This does nor mean we should become masochistic in nature but rather compassionate for those who can not or will not be able to save themselves.
See the four Suffering Servant Songs in Isaiah to get a real fireside example of who Jesus was and how these segments portray many years before the Incarnation, the very path he would suffer over 700 years later. First Song; (Is. 42: 1 4). The Servant of the Lord. Song two; (Is 49: 1 3). The third song; (Is 50: 4 -6. The most essential of these Servant Songs; (Is 52: 13 - 15, 53: 1 -6). The Suffering and Triumph of the Servant of the Lord.
Which of us will be able to stand when taking these types of rejection and still say I will do as you did? Not many, but the acceptance of trying will open the door to so many who will be grateful to you or me when they have reached that Beatific Vision of God.
Ralph B. Hathaway