The suffering Lord: our Example

      Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

      John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you: ĎA servant is not greater than his lord.í If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.

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      1 John 3:16  . . . Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

      John 15:12-13 This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

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      Matthew 20:26-28 It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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      Ephesians 5:2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.

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      Philippians 2:5-9 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who . . . made himself nothing . . . becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him . . .

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      Hebrews 12:2-3 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you donít grow weary, fainting in your souls.

      Emphasis mine.




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