Probably in the worst way possible
Did you know that there and 10s of thousands Christians persecuted around the world yearly? Yes, people today will be put to death for believing. Would you be able to stand up in such a way?
Jesus was plotted against like so many of us feel when we are bullied. In Matthew we see the Pharisees plot on how they might kill Jesus.
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Jesus knew what was coming. He knew if he continued that a certain beating- suffering was coming. One that was so cruel and intentional, that we can not even begin to imagine the torment. But Jesus continued to heal and spread the word. He remained strong where many of us would crumble, run, hide, or get angry. It amazes me the torment that he dealt with to save us.
In Matthew 27 we read about this torture:
28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him.
Can you imagine the beating? I know what it was like to be plotted against, to be pulled aside, and to be hit. I know there are scars that cut deeper- that one day, I will talk about. But to take on the sin for all is a pain that I cannot imagine. So what should we do it about it? Be better than all the pain and suffering. Jesus was calm, he was caring, he helped others and reaped so many other rewards for this.
Mark 16 says:
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;Sending All My Love!
Now tell me your story-