All of Christ’s sufferings did not end when He finished His earthly ministry.
He still takes the persecution of His people personally as is revealed by His statement to Saul on the road to Damascus: ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?’ He didn’t ask Paul why he was persecuting His people. He said, ‘Why are you persecuting Me?’ When we are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, it is actually Christ who is being persecuted.
One of the most trying aspects of persecution is the feeling that God has forsaken you. ‘If God wanted to, He could stop the persecution, right?
Therefore, He doesn’t care.’ That’s the way the devil tries to make us think.
However, the Lord is with you in persecution. If you remember this, it will keep you from being discouraged when persecution comes.
True Christianity is exactly the opposite of the whole-world system. We are heading in a selfless direction, while the world is consumed with self. Jesus teaches us to love, while the world is full of hate. We are supposed to turn the other cheek, while the world takes opportunities to hurt us. The world and Christianity are in conflict. The only reason a Christian would not suffer persecution is if he is heading in the same direction as an unbeliever. When we go God’s way, we will bump into the devil.
Christ is still suffering persecution today when His people are persecuted.
He will continue to do so until the establishment of His physical kingdom.