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Woah! Wait a minute! Christ made perfect?! How can that be? Wasn’t he perfect from eternity past? He was and is and forever will be perfect as that is one of the many attributes of Almighty God. And yet somehow, God made him perfect through suffering. In no way is the Holy Spirit teaching us that Jesus was lacking something in his divinity, and therefore imperfect. What the Spirit is conveying is that Christ is a perfect counselor for us when we suffer for his sake. In fact, he is more than just a counselor for us as if we were laying on his couch explaining our hurt to him. Far more than that, he is an actual partner in our suffering:
If one part [of the body] suffers, every part suffers with it.
1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV
We who have been grafted in, have been made a part of the body of Christ, who is the head. Our head, or Captain of our salvation, offers a promise of preservation that is an active consolation for when we suffer:
My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.
Psalm 119:50a NIV
Spurgeon tells us that “in [the] sympathy of Christ we find a sustaining power.” (M&E;, p. 178)
Spurgeon then uses the backdrop of suffering to present his thoughts on prayer in the evening devotion. He is confident that “God keeps a file for our prayers — they are not blown away by the wind, they are treasured in the King’s archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven wherein every prayer is recorded.” (M&E;, p. 179) What a great and patient God who listens intently and then stores our requests and intercessions. I wonder, should my prayers be answered, if God pulls my card (so-to-speak) and writes on it something like this: “Jeremy came back and showed his gratitude – Glory to God.” Lord, cause me to be the one, not the other nine, who came back to thank you. (Luke 17:11-17)