If all people were already perfect, there would be no suffering. That is God’s ultimate goal (Revelation 21:4). In the meantime, there is much evil in the world. The more one endeavors to be righteous, the more that evil will react against him; and the more he will suffer. Our destiny is to become like Yeshua. As He suffered, so will we.
II Corinthians 1:4, 7
As the sufferings of Messiah abound in us, so our consolation also abounds
As you are partakers of the suffering, so also will you partake of the consolation.
People tend to hurt one another. As we give ourselves to others in love, there is pain involved. One quality of love is that it must “suffer long” (I Corinthians 13:4). In a mysterious way, we share and partake of the same sufferings that Yeshua felt. He suffered by taking up the pains, sins and dysfunctions of others.
Our sicknesses He bore; our pains He suffered.
As we serve the people we love, pray for them, lift them up, encourage them, feel their pains, and suffer the rejection of presenting the truth of the gospel, we are extending Yeshua’s atoning love from the cross.
I rejoice in the suffering that I suffer for your sakes, as I fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the sufferings of Messiah…
It is an exquisite privilege to share intimacy with Yeshua in the place of suffering. It is to share a precious, mutual experience with Him; to feel the pain of God’s heart.
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.
There is a place of fellowship and intimacy with Yeshua which only comes from suffering with Him. As it is possible to believe in Him, it is also possible to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).
I Peter 4:13
Rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Yeshua suffered first; then entered glory. To the degree that we share His sufferings, we will also share in His glory (Romans 8:17-18). Suffering for suffering’s sake is not our goal. Rather, we seek to live like Yeshua, taking up our cross daily because of the incredible, eternal joy set before us (Luke 9:23, Hebrews 12:2).
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.