Continued from Part 25
n the past 15 series, we have been looking at some selected Bible characters who have suffered afflictions as a result of their faith or resolve to tread the path of righteousness.
The aim of these references is to encourage someone who might be going through some difficulties as a result of his or her faith.
Today, we are looking at the afflictions, which the leader of our faith Himself went through.
If the leader of the faith who is God in the flesh was afflicted, it is certain that His followers will suffer affliction at one time or the other in their journey of faith.
If anyone calls Himself a Christian and he suffers no affliction then he/she must reconsider himself whether truly he is in the faith. If He doesn't suffer any affliction, then the devil does not reckon with his faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness where Satan tempted Him. He was there for forty days and nights without food. It was there that Satan suggested some foolish things to Him. Satan wanted Him to use His power recklessly. He even tempted the Lord with the glory of the kingdoms of the world if the Lord will worship him (Lk. 4:1-13).
The Lord went through a most unfair trial anyone could have undergone on earth. During the mock trial, in the house of Caiaphas the high Priest, He was spat upon, struck and slapped repeatedly (Matt 26:27). Also in the house of the governor, Pilate, the governor himself whipped Him (Matt 27:26). The soldiers stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet robe and a platted crown of thorns and a stick in His right hand as a mock scepter. They mocked Him, spat on Him and took the stick from His hand and with it, smote Him on the head (Matt 27:27-30) despite He committed no sin, except that He went everywhere doing good; healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, healing the broken hearted (Acts 10:38; Lk 4:18-19).
It was time for those who felt offended with His work to deal with him.
He was arrested after midnight, arraigned by the morning time and by twelve noon, He had been placed on the Cross. (Matt 27:31-35; Lk 23:33,44). What a trial! What an injustice!! What an affliction !!!. Yet, He is the Lord of all and King of kings.
To be continued