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May 25 Tree & Wood

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Daily Meditations

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The Daily Devotional

for the 21st Century!

 

Today's subject: 

SUFFERING

 

Titles under this subject-

White of an Egg-Jan 22

Pain not in Vain!-Feb 9

Dare to die!-Feb 26

Appalled by a Pal!-Feb 27

Silence is Gold!-Feb 28

Pain Management-Feb 29

Snap up Self-pity!-Mar 1

Universal Language-Mar 17

He gives...He takes!-Apr 10

"Why Lord?"-Apr 23

Tree & Wood-May 25

Chocolate Christians!-May 28

Triumph in Trials!-Jun 10

A part, yet Apart!-Jun 29

School of Suffering-Jul 12

Daring Davids!-Jul 25

Unwanted is Wanted!-Aug 27

Why worry Why?-Aug 28

Discipline of Failure-Sep 10

Discipline of Darkness-Oct 30

Affliction becomes Adoration!-Nov 8

Sing! Don't Sink!-Nov 23

Holiness & Health-Dec 4

"Good" Morning!-Dec 10

 

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Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-19

"If they do these things in the green tree,

what will be done in the dry wood?" (Lk 23:31)


 

"Jesus suffered for us so we need not suffer!"—This is one of the most popular sayings shouted from modern pulpits. The Biblical illiterates from pews respond to this with shouts of "Hallelujah!" How much Satan has deceived us! How far he has taken us from divine predictions and revelations! Televangelism literally thrives on this stuff. By the time the listeners and viewers realize the fallacy of this teaching and that they are disillusioned, it's already too late. God, have mercy on us, this generation, as we try to find alternate routes for the way of the Cross!

All Christians are called to suffer with and for Christ (2 Tim 2:11,12; Phil 1:29). Suffering is in the eternal plan of God. In history Christ died 2000 years ago. But according to God's calendar, Christ was slain even before the creation of the world. This event of eternity past will be the song of eternity future (Rev 13:8). According to Jesus, Christian life will be one of suffering from commencement to consummation. That's why He spoke about "daily cross" with reference to discipleship (Lk 9:23).

The "green tree vs. dry wood" analogy refers to the ill-treatment we will receive from men. The Jews once said to Jesus, "You have a demon!" (Jn 8:52a). What did they mean when they told Him, "We were not born out of wedlock"? (v41). Were they indirectly hitting at how He was conceived before His mother got married? His own brothers and sisters once commented, "He is out of His mind" (Mk 3:21). If folks could say such things about the Son of God who committed no sin in thought, word or deed, why are we upset at the mildest verbal abuse? Most of Christ's sayings were misunderstood, though He was wisdom personified and He spoke not a single word more or less than what was necessary. Can we then escape the cross of misunderstanding?

Nothing is more hurting than when a man's own family folks become his foes. But sometimes we cannot escape this also (Mt 10:36). "Wounds from friends" are another tragedy (Zech 13:6). How would you feel if someone like Judas whom you trusted with money betrayed you for money? How would you feel if someone like Peter whom you promoted to cabinet rank denied and cursed you? How would you feel when someone like John whom you loved most deserted you when you needed him most?

 


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