Jesus is the Ultimate Picture of an Abuse Victim
NOTE: As you read this post, please carefully note the following clarification I made in the comments below when someone pointed out to me that many victims are further oppressed when people tell them that THEY must suffer just like Jesus did and just keep on enduring the abuse. That of course, is completely unbiblical and here is what I said in the comments below the post:
This is a common error that lays guilt on abuse victims and puts them in danger. WE are not Jesus Christ. OUR suffering is not redemptive for sin. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to suffer and die at the hands of the wicked, intentionally. To become a curse for us. To redeem us. He could have stopped it all at any point, but he didn’t. Because he HAD to suffer and die if we were to be redeemed. So when people pull this business on us of “well, you must just patiently suffer at the hands of your abuser like Jesus did,” they are actually degrading the Cross. Christ’s suffering and death is UNIQUE. He alone redeems. This notion that we are little christs who are capable then, by our suffering, to redeem the wicked, is to really trample underfoot the Son of God.
Ok, now to the post itself:
Joh 8:44-45 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (45) But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
1 Jn 3:12-13 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. (13) Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
I have been giving quite a lot of thought recently to the reasons why abusers who profess to be Christians cruelly and diabolically persecute their Christian victims. What is it that they rage against in a fury? Why do they twist and pervert and distort reality and truth so as to demean the victim? Why do they do what they do? And today I have been thinking about what they did to Christ. And what they continue to do, as the body of Christ, the true Church, is still being persecuted today?
Jesus was an abuse victim. Now, it is difficult to consider how God could be a victim of mere creatures. But then, that is what the cross was all about, wasn’t it? By His own will and choosing, the eternal and mighty Son of God humbled himself to the point of death, even death as a cursed one on the cross. He willingly became the victim of evil abuse, for us. In a way, WE abused Him because it was for our sins that He became the curse and took His Father’s wrath upon Himself.
But consider how the abusers of His day treated Him. Here He is, the righteous one, sinless, hated by the world, and yet the religious leaders of the day became His chief abusers. You’ve read all the encounters with them. They accused Him. They distorted His words. They ran Him out of church (the Temple). They worked to gain allies against Him. They mocked Him. Why? WHY? The verses quoted above give a big part of the answer — because he was righteous and they were not. Because His Father was God, and their father was the devil. Sharing their father’s nature, whenever they opened their mouths, they lied. They wanted to kill God because they had their father’s murderous genes in them.
So here’s the deal. All Christians must come to realize that the enemy is going to attack genuine children of God today in the very same ways he attacked Jesus. The grievous thing is that so many Christians and church leaders today seem totally oblivious to this obvious fact. They have a Christian come to them and describe to them the abuse that is being regularly launched at the victim, and they don’t get it. They act surprised. No, no, it just cannot be.
But all we have to do is look at Jesus. He said:
Joh 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (19) If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
It really is a no brainer. When it gets right down to it, much of the abuse you all have experienced is simply the very thing that Jesus experienced. The sons of darkness hating and persecuting the children of light. That being the case, all this nonsense that is fed to the victims by their fellow Christians or church leaders (be more submissive and loving and he will change; look at yourself and deal with how your own sin is causing this; etc. – you know all the lines), is rank unbelief in the Word of God. It is a denial of Jesus’ own words to us that we can expect the same as He received. Therefore, many “counselors” today who keep sending victims back to die are really quite well described by the following Scripture:
Act 19:13-16 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” (14) Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. (15) But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” (16) And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Because this is exactly what happens when a church casts out the righteous victim and retains the devil. The devil just did a number on them, and they don’t even know it. Look at Jesus! Look at Jesus! Then we might just start getting it right.