Prepared for Difficulty and Rejection

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Reading: Luke 22:35-38
And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.” They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.” [NASB1995®]

The hour of the cross is getting closer and closer. God’s Plan is being fulfilled as it had been decided since the beginning. It is necessary that Jesus suffers because of His love for us who are sinners.
Just as suffering and persecution are an inescapable part of God’s plan for Christ, so it will be for His followers.

Identifying yourself with Jesus implies that at some point you will be persecuted, rejected, and slandered. At some point everyone will turn their backs on you, and you have to be prepared for when that happens.

The Lord speaks of “being prepared” when he tells them to procure a bag and a sword. Like him, they will be persecuted, and most of them will be put to death.
How can we endure rejection and slander?

Jesus is our example. The Word tells us that He endured everything because of the joy of fulfilling the precious plan of redemption, for the way in which He loves us. What motivates you? His glory? Your desire to serve him and be a part of what he is doing? In that case, the pain and rejection are worth it.

And we have a promise. Even in the midst of difficulties this truth sustains us. He has promised to be with us. He has promised to sustain us. He has promised not to leave us alone. And we know that it is the truth. He is with us always, because he promised that He would be.

The Word always urges us to be willing to suffer because of the Gospel, and not only that, calls us to consider ourselves privileged to be able to do so.

Following Christ will, at times, involve being rejected. Get ready. We should consider it an honor to be persecuted as Christ was persecuted, to suffer as He suffered.

MEDITATE: Have you ever considered whether you would be willing to be persecuted for Christ’s sake? Have you thought of your brothers who often pay with their lives to be identified with Jesus? Let us pray for them and do everything in our power to be instruments of consolation in their lives.

Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Translation By: Emily Stader

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Sebastián Winkler (169)

Sebastián Winkler lives in General Pinto, a small town in the interior of Argentina, and serves the Lord in the Baptist Church of his city as a teacher of Bible studies. He is a Professor of Literature, he likes music, reading and sharing the Bible with others.
He is married to Karina they have two daughters named Julia and Emilia.
He is the main author in his blog: engraciaysabiduria.com (in spanish)

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