Born as a sufferer

Jesus Christ lived like us. Many choose to throw out the comparison because of the miracles he performed. His works did not come from him (John 10:25), they came from the undying love he showed to his father in heaven. He wasn’t the first man walking to do miracles. Moses terrorized Egypt ten times over. Joshua stopped the sun (Joshua 10:12-13). Elijah was a man of many miracles. Many prophets operated in miracle working power. If we identify with the prophets of old, why don’t we see the humanity of Jesus Christ in us?

We often laud civil rights leaders like Stokely Carmichael, Marcus Garvey, Malcom X and MLK. They played their part but we always seem to leave out the greatest “activist” of them all - Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ fought for all our rights. He rebelled against man's wicked mind and heart. He and countless other men and women of God fought for our spiritual freedom. Mankind had already known violence from the beginning (Genesis 4:8). He needed mankind to see strength through weakness (1 Corinthians 9:22). Jesus Christ had the power of Almighty God and an army greater than any man can and will ever be able to assemble (Matthew 26:53). Despite having all this on his side, he never waged a carnal war. Yes, we know he flipped tables (Matthew 21:12) but considering the power he had through the father, there are far worse things he could have done. It takes far more strength to show compassion on someone you could simply destroy.

Jesus Christ didn’t fight hate during his walk. He fought ignorance (Hosea 4:6). If we look at his battle in the dessert (Matthew 4:1), how did the accuser wage war against him? He fought him mentally. This wasn’t a gun fight. The biggest fight of eternity was a battle of the mind and spirit. Jesus Christ emerged victorious in this battle. So much so that the devil had to retaliate into carnal warfare, tempt Judas and put everything else into motion. Man has always waged carnal war among themselves. Countless lifeless bodies later, one declares themselves the winner but who wins when life is lost? Carnal warfare is the devil’s paradise. Nobody wins when we enter this arena (2 Corinthians 10:4).

If your spirit is dead, can you ever truly be free? Jesus Christ fought a spiritual war to show us how to engage our enemies. He was oppressed (Matthew 8:20), profiled (Matthew 13:55) and ridiculed (Matthew 26:67) but stayed true to the word of God. Man was born in God, but gave his freedom voluntarily to the devil. Symbolically Jesus Christ was born onto God, mankind handed him over (Luke 23:18) to the devil (sin) wrongfully and God restored him. He bought us back from slavery (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). If you suffer with him now you will rain with him later (2 Timothy 2:12). Jesus Christ was born as a sufferer, but raised as a conqueror.