Monday, September 13, 2010

First Must He Suffer

Luke 17:25 KJV
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

That which Jesus suffered was not an accident that caught God off guard or an inevitable clash between that which is holy and that which is worldly; The suffering of Christ: His death, His burial, and His resurrection were planned precursors to the glorious kingdom ordained of God.

Gill says Jesus must suffer and be rejected before that kingdom should come, "...on account of the purposes and decrees of God; the covenant engagements of Christ; the predictions of the prophets of the Old Testament, and his own; and the salvation of his people."

• How above us are the plans of God!
• How infinite are His works.
• How needful it is that we simply trust Him.

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