He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. Hebrews 5:8
The main reason Jesus died on the cross was to save us from sin. But the New Testament also stresses the importance of His suffering as an example for us.
The Greek word for example comes from ancient school life. It refers to something written down by the teacher to be copied exactly by a child learning to write. Christ is our copybook. We look to Him as our teacher, and by His suffering He gave us an example to follow, so we can learn how suffering is to be handled.
How did He bear it? By not giving in to despair or doubt. By looking beyond the suffering and keeping His eye on the glory that was to come. By knowing the Father was with Him and would use His suffering for good. It’s not easy, but the same can be true for us.
The author of Hebrews writes, “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Jesus wept.
Preach to my heart, Lord!