Christ suffered in the flesh for His devotion to God. As a consequence, He was glorified in heaven. If we suffer in the flesh for Christ, we, too, shall be glorified in heaven with Him.
For this reason, when the mother of the sons of Zebedee (the apostles James and John) asked Jesus that they be placed on His right and left when He came in His kingdom, Jesus responded to her, “You don’t know what you’re asking for.” Then He turned to the two men and said, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?” (He was speaking of His cup of suffering.) They replied that they were…and indeed they did ultimately drink of it. James was martyred in Acts 12 and extrabiblical history tells us that John was miraculously delivered from a vat of boiling oil, just to note the more dramatic of their sufferings.
We do not receive heavenly glory because of suffering due to our own sins. Neither will we receive glory if we revile and condemn the perpetrators of our undeserved suffering. But if we suffer because of Christ and bear up under those sufferings the way Christ did, then we shall be glorified as He was.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.