The Servant was nothing but obedient. He had spoken what He was asked to speak (50:4-5), and because of His words, He was beaten (50:6). With Jesus, the Servant, as our example, we also will face persecution for our obedience. Many churches proclaim “getting wealthy” and “remaining comfortable” in the name of Jesus. But Jesus, in His own words, declared that His followers would suffer in this world (John 16:33).
Right after the fall of humanity, evil Cain killed his righteous brother, Abel (Gen. 4; 1 John 3:12). Later, Joseph was imprisoned for refusing to commit adultery with his master’s wife (Gen. 39:6-20). In another example, the Israelites wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb for their bold faithfulness, but God intervened (Num. 14:5-10).
Jesus instructed His followers: “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matt. 5:11). Suffering and persecution are part of our story, but the weight of glory outweighs our earthly woes. Jesus asked for His cup of suffering on the cross to pass Him by (Matt. 26:36-46), but He still endured it because He fully understood what lay before Him: His obedience would result in joy and exaltation (Heb. 12:2).
How can you keep a heavenly viewpoint in the midst of suffering?