Jesus’ time on earth was a bumpy ride.
From his first breath to his last, Jesus experienced a lot of suffering.
- An ugly start. Born in a stable, in a scandal, Jesus started his life in danger. King Herod wanted him dead, his hometown thought his mother lied about his conception, and he was forced to live as a refugee for years.
- An ugly life. Many people were opposed to Jesus’ teachings. Though huge crowds followed him, hanging on his every word – there were always groups who felt threatened by Jesus. He was taunted, teased and eventually sentenced to death.
- An ugly end. Betrayed, condemned, abandoned and alone, Jesus died in humiliation; in a death he never deserved.
Jesus is well-qualified to talk about life in a broken world.