Grace Protestant Reformed Church

He Suffered

Date: AM
Text: Hebrews 5; Lord's Day 15
Psalters: 227, 110, 184, 157
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2016-18)
  1. That He suffered.
    1. Jesus suffered all His life (Hebrews 2:10; Psalm 22:1,6,14-18; 69:8; Isa. 53:3,4).
      1. He lived His life in the shadow of the cross.
      2. He suffered physically and in His soul (John 12:27; Luke 22:44; Matt. 26:37,38).
    2. Two things about His suffering.
      1. One, He “feared” in anticipation of the experience of suffering death as the punishment of sin (Hebrews 5:7).
      2. Two, His suffering was voluntary, for He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death (Phil. 2:8).
  2. Why did Jesus suffer?
    1. The purpose of Jesus’ suffering was to make payment for sin; He gave the sacrifice which made satisfaction.
    2. This is because He suffered as a substitute for others (Isa. 53:6).
    3. In His suffering Jesus was never disobedient; in fact, we read that He “learned obedience” (Hebrews 5:8).
      1. This means that Jesus learned by experience what it is to be obedient to the Father.
      2. And Jesus learned the reward of obedience which was saving help from God.
  3. For what did Jesus suffer?
    1. So we might learn how horrible our sin as we see that and what Jesus had to suffer because of our sin.
    2. Believe that His suffering actually atoned, made real and full payment (John 10: 28; I Peter 2:24; Col. 1:21,22).
    3. In Jesus’ suffering see the greatness of the love and mercy of God.
    4. Grow in thankfulness and love of Him.