The three girls who were kidnapped for ten years and repeatedly raped and abused by Ariel Castro must live with their losses. They did nothing to deserve what they suffered, and their torment was excruciating. However, this article will attempt to add value to their sorrows.
Philippians 3:10 says that we can know Christ, and His resurrection power, and “the fellowship of His sufferings.” Those who suffer similarly to Christ can fellowship with Him and know that He understands because He experienced it too.
Those who have been humiliated, betrayed or falsely accused, mocked or rejected suffer like Christ did. Those who experience great physical pain, who have their bodies violated, tortured, and harmed can fellowship with His sufferings. Emotional heart-break, isolation, loneliness, intense grief—Jesus knew it all.
“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15 HCSB). “During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered” (Hebrews 5:7-8 HCSB).
People who were abused and molested as children, merely to gratify someone’s perverted passion, suffer innocently like Christ did. But sharing in Christ’s sufferings is not all they get. They also get to share in His glory. The Bible presents a formula of sorts: grief here = glory there.
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