Why Does This Have to Be So Hard?
Why does our life and Jesus' life have to be so hard? What does this tell us of who He is and of how glorious His salvation is?
Observe how the Lord Jesus was "a man of sorrows" even from His infancy. Trouble awaits Him as soon as He enters into the world. His life is in danger from Herod's hatred. His mother and Joseph are obliged to take Him away by night, and "flee into Egypt." It was only a type and figure of all His experience upon earth. The waves of humiliation began to beat over Him, even when He was a nursing child.
The Lord Jesus is just the Savior that the suffering and sorrowful need. He knows well what we mean, when we tell Him in prayer of our troubles. He can sympathize with us, when we cry to Him under cruel persecution. Let us keep nothing back from Him. Let us make Him our bosom friend. Let us pour out our hearts before Him. He has had great experience of affliction. J.C. Ryle Expository Thoughts on Matthew
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
Why did the announcement to Joseph have to be so hard?
Why did Jesus' life have to be so hard?
What impact did His trials have on our relationship with Him in our daily trials?
Why is the mission of Jesus so accompanied by brutality?
What does this tell us about the ultimate questions in life?
Why does this make what He does for us glorious beyond description?