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CHRIST MADE PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING

 

 

I.TEXTUAL THOUGHTS

††††††††††††††† 1.Isaiah 53 - The suffering of Jesus to satisfy the payment for sin is predicted

††††††††††††††† 2.1 Peter 2:21-25 - Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example to follow

††††††††††††††† 3.Hebrews 5:7-10 - In His time of suffering, Jesus trusted His Fatherís power

††††††††††††††† 4.Colossians 1:24-27 - We are called to suffer for the church, and be made complete through suffering

††††††††††††††† 5.1 Peter 4:12-19 - We partake of the suffering of Jesus so that we may share His glory

 

II.MAIN THEME:Hebrews 2:9-18 - Jesus was made perfect (complete) through sufferings.This perfection was the concept of completing or making full the purpose of Christís sacrifice.A true sacrifice is not complete without suffering.Christís sacrifice was made to be the most complete through the multiple types and degrees of suffering that he was willing to endure in order to save us.He bore these sufferings for our sake, thus making Him perfect.

1.        The purpose of his suffering was to allow Jesus to understand his brethren through sharing in their humanity,

††††††††††††††† ††††††† the partaking of flesh and blood - verse 10-14.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.He was made flesh and blood like us - Luke 2:1-7; Phil 2:5-8; John 1:14; Acts 10:38-39; Rom 1:3-4;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.Therefore He understands our experiences - Heb 2:11, 14; 4:14-16; Luke 4:1-13; 1 John 2:15-17

††††††††††††††† 2.The purpose of his suffering (death) was to give him the power to destroy the devil - verse 14.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.By satisfying the punishment for sin - Heb 2:9; 9:26; 10:12; Isaiah 53, Acts 2:25-28

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.By overcoming the power of Satan - 1 Cor 15:54-57; Heb 2:14-15; Acts 2:30-36; 17:31; 2 Tim 1:7-10

††††††††††††††† 3. The purpose of his suffering was to free all those who were held in slavery by the fear of death - verse 15.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.By removing our fear of death - 1 John 4:18; Heb 2:11-13; Rev 2:10; 2 Tim 1:7-9; Romans 8:15-17;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.By the power of His resurrection - Rom 1:4; 1 Cor 15:20-22; 1 Pet 1:3-5; 3:21-22

††††††††††††††† 4.The purpose of his suffering was to make him a merciful and faithful High Priest - verse 17.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.He had to suffer to pay the price for our sins - Heb 2:9, 17; Isaiah 53; Romans 5:8, John 3:16

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.Because He suffered as a man, He can understand our situation - Heb 2:10-11; 4:15; Romans 8:28-29

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c.So that He would be equipped to intercede on our behalf in heaven - 1 Tim 2:5-6; 1 Pet 3:22-4:2; Rom 8:34

††††††††††††††† 5. The purpose of his suffering was to make Jesus able to help those who are being tempted because he also was

††† tempted, but endured through suffering - verse 18.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.He can help us when we are tempted - James 1:12-22; 1 Cor 10:11-14; Heb 2:18; 4:15

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.We must endure suffering like Jesus, by trusting Godís power - Heb 2:10; 5:8-9; Acts 14:22; 1 Pet 2:21

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c.If we are faithful, we will share His eternal glory - 2 Tim 2:10-12; 1 Pet 4:12-19; 5:10; Rev 2:10

 

III.PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

1.        Jesus was perfect in nature and character.He never committed a sin, though he was tempted with every

††††††††††††††† †††††† temptation like we are tempted.Hebrews 4:15;2 Corinthians 5:21.

2.        Jesus was willing to endure the cross, the sting of death, because he fixed his eyes on the joy that was

††††††††††††††† †††††† set before him, rather than focusing on the pain of death - Hebrews 12:2-3; Luke 22:39-44.

3.        Godís purpose in having us face suffering is so that we can grow as His children - Heb 2:10-13; Rom 8:19-22;

††††††††††††††† †††††† Heb 12:6-8; 1 Pet 4:12-19

4.        We need to try to live pure lives like Jesus by trusting His forgiveness and following Him - Romans 12:1;

††††††††††††††† †††††† 1 Cor 3:16-17; Eph 1:3-14; Col 1:21-23;2 Tim 1:8-10; 1 Pet 1:15-16; 2 Pet 3:11-13; Rev 22:11-12

5.        Suffering for the cause of Christ is a great blessing - 1 Pet 4:12-19; 2 Tim 3:12; Heb 12:5-8

 

IV.MEMORY VERSE - HEBREWS 2:10

 

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