” Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound Him, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.” Matthew 27:1-2
Matthew 27 relates The Lord Jesus’s Sufferings from His Condemnation to His Death on the Cross. The chief priests and elders plotted against The Lord Jesus, as king David had prophesied.
” Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against The Lord and against His Anointed” Psalm 2:1-2
They thought they had won the victory. But they did not know that they were actually performing God’s Plan and that it was necessary that The Lord Jesus go through this stage before Being Glorified.
From this chapter we can learn some lessons to help us through difficult times.
1. Just as The Lord Jesus, we must learn to accept sufferings calmly. God knows why He allows every situation in our lives. Just as He knew why He had allowed The Death Of The Lord Jesus.
God usually allows sufferings so that we can draw closer to Him, His Will for us, so that we can grow spiritually. When we are suffering, we are usually more receptive to His Voice. So it is the ideal time to seek Him with all our heart, seek His Will through reading His Word and obey His Commandments.
” They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His Holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ Is Revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
2. Our attitude during difficult times is important. It is important not to complain against God or to divert ouselves from Him during this period. But on the contrary, we must seek Him more.
“And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the Destroying Angel.” 1 Corinthians 10:10
3. As Simon of Cyrene helped The Lord Jesus to carry His Cross, God can send us people or create circumstances that will help us to withstand our trials, to overcome them.
“As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Matthew 27:32
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God Is Faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
4. Just as The Lord Jesus, it may happen that we fall into despair:
“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in A Loud Voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”).” Matthew 27:46
But we must try to fight despair and keep faith, relying on God’s Faithfulness.