You should be aware of the importance of “suffering and glory” as a theme where biblical prophecy of Messiah is concerned.
Consider Genesis 3:15 wherein God promises that “the seed of the woman” (the first messianic title) would be bruised on the heel (a defeat for Messiah) yet would bruise the serpent on the head (a victory for Messiah). The imagery is unmistakable: Christ would be wounded, but would ultimately triumph over Satan. Through crucifixion (that is, bruising Messiah on the heel) and then resurrection-ascension (that is, bruising Satan on the head), Messiah would right the wrong that the serpent had done to Adam and Eve.
(With respect to suffering and glory, be sure to notice Luke 24:25-27 and 1 Peter 1:10-12 – both of which are mentioned in the link above.)
Thus, even from the very beginning, God was predicting that Messiah would both suffer and be glorified. What’s most important about this is that the suffering comes first, and the glory follows. This means that suffering is temporal but glory is eternal.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.