Die 29-Dying to Physical Health


Remember Jesus left the perfect place to come and live in an imperfect world.  Heaven does not include pain.  Therefore, Jesus had never experienced physical pain until coming to earth.  The amount of physical pain He experienced on the path to Golgotha is unimaginable.  The Passion of the Christ doesn’t even come close.  But He was the Son of God and He did not have to experience pain so why did Christ Die to Physical Health?

“Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into headquarters and gathered the whole company around Him.  They stripped Him and dressed Him in a scarlet military robe.  They twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and placed a reed in His right hand.  And they knelt down before Him and mocked Him: ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’  Then they spit on Him, took the reed, and kept hitting Him on the head.  When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.” Matthew 27:27-31

“Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself!  If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!’  In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, ‘He saved others, but He cannot save Himself!  He is the King of Israel!  Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.  He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now—if He wants Him!  For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” Matthew 27:39-43

It is clear that even in the midst of Jesus’ physical pain, His love for the Father and His love for the world is what kept Him from calling down His angels to save Him.  It is God’s love for His Son and God’s love for the world that kept God from sending His angels to release His Son from the only way that would glorify Himself and His Son.  Jesus knew the physical pain that awaited Him at the cross, yet it was not the pain of the cross that troubled Him in the garden on the night of his arrest.  It was the thought of being separated from His father that caused Him to agonize in prayer and even to cry out on the cross, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  Jesus knew that through oneness with the Father that He could overcome the physical pain, but that nothing can overcome separation from His Father.  When we die to suffering, we find they can be the times of our greatest connection to the Father.  Our greatest opportunities to proclaim of His power to deliver us through great storms of life.  We can see God glorified the most when we most desperately rely upon Him.

John Piper wrote such a great perspective on the blessing of dying to physical health in “Don’t waste your cancer”

This is day 29 of the 31 days of Dying to Live.  

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