*👉VERSE:* _*”And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.”_(Mark 8:31)
Jesus Christ was scourged, crowned with thorns, spat on, mocked, despised by men, brutishly molested and finally left to die through the ordeal of crucifixion like a criminal. *The purpose for which Jesus Christ sacrificed His Godship to come into the human realm, was to overcome the power of carnality on behalf of sinful man.* He came into this world to suffer, and at the long run turn the souls of men back to God.
The Holy Bible usually makes mention of God’s detestation for those who gratify the flesh. Jesus Christ taught His disciples that His mission here on earth was to *take the shame in carnal suppression* on the part of all His believers: to worship God in spirit and in truth. He explains to us that until He could die for us, He had to be rejected by the hypocritical interpretors of the law and rejected by the Jewish authorities. The Gospel He preached, presented Him before the Jews as one who had the supernatural power of God and not just as a man. Indeed, He is.
Most of us will not hesitate to choose a comfortable way of life ahead of sufferings. *Mankind doesn’t acquaint himself with the long term effects of putting his flesh or body under subjection.* This is telling us as followers that, so long as we are alive, our flesh will have to lose for our souls to triumph t the expense of the flesh’s loss.
Persecutions may come in diverse ways, hard times won’t leave us alone, but in all these Christ has made us more than conquerors. As Apostle Paul said, nothing has to separate us from the love of God. Is it insults, loss of status, hunger, poverty, hatred, sickness, death traps? We have won over them already. However, all manner of persecutions are good for the consolidation of our souls. *Let this Easter season remind us of the need to mortify our flesh as Christ did. Our souls count.*
*PRAYER* Dear Lord Jesus Christ, help me to mortify my flesh. *AMEN*