Day 14: The Suffering Servant

071jobJob “was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. (Job 1:1 ). And yet he endured great suffering. He lost his family (apart from his wife) and his home. During this trial he has three friends who are more of a burden than a help.

The book of Job is rich in content, there is so much in there and one aspect I want to draw on is how this man, who seemed so blameless and yet was put through such suffering. A suffering where:  “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10)

It seems unfair and we cry out, why must the innocent suffer? Why must we go through trials?

Perhaps we cry out “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22)

But here is a shadow of what is to come. An innocent man, more innocent than Job, a man who is blameless and upright will go through extreme suffering.

Jesus is a greater Job, he does not sin at all but instead “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2). He does it all for the sake of us, enduring suffering so that we don’t have to endure that kind of suffering again.

Jesus is the true and greater suffering servant who suffered so much he dies and then is raised to life. He is also the great comforter in our suffering, the one whom we look to during our seasons of suffering because we know that he understands fully what we go through.

Out of the suffering and death of Christ comes life and comfort for our souls.

Christmas is about the birth of the suffering servant.

*Painting by William blake


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