Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
As I read this verse, I thought how strange this should be, that Jesus should be made perfect by sufferings. Perfect in this passage implies that Jesus needed to learn about suffering before He could complete His ministry on earth, and fulfill His role as High Priest in heaven:
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
If Christ should suffer to become a better minister, is it any suprise that we will be put through some trials and tribulations to be better Christians as well? Remember how Joseph was used of God to not only save the Hebrew children, but also the Egyptians. But it took some training. First, Joseph worked for Potiphar so that he could learn about finances. Next, he went to prison so that he could learn how to lead and manage people. Finally, was he not sold into slavery so that he could learn to love and forgive?
Fret not my brothers and sisters over the trials you are experiencing and will experience. Your growth as a Christian comes through God’s exceptional training course. Glory on the field of sport is always preceded by sweat and pain on the practice field. If Christ, who was beloved of the Father, should need to be “made perfect” through sufferings, should we not expect the same? Do we not have a loving Coach who only desires our best, and a perfect Saviour for our example?
My prayers go out to you who are hurting today my brothers and sisters in Christ. Life does not always seem fair, but it does have purpose, even if you can not see it presently.
The Bible is a book of happy endings and it ends on a happy “note.” Our lives in eternity will too…and what a glorious eternity. May God grant you grace and peace.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting in nothing.