For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. - (Hebrews 2:10 NKJV)
In my wildest dreams I can't imagine devising the plan God concocted to save His fallen creation from His perfect judgment. God thoughts and plans are definitely more developed than mine, and I consider myself to be a good planner. Have you ever really pondered how complex God's plan of redemption is? It is definitely easier for us with all of human history behind us to grasp. but what if we were faced with God's situation more than 6000 years ago at the beginning of our earth's creation?
Imagine yourself, not as God but just in His place, looking at your newly created humans (Adam & Eve). You are pleased at first but then you find that they had disobeyed you and through this sinful act, have thrown a wrench into your perfect world. I don't know about you, but I doubt that I would have come up with a plan of redemption so complex yet so perfect as to culminate in my only child dying to redeem the sins of the world. But then, my plan wouldn't have been perfect because I am definitely not God. Most likely I would started crying in despair before I regrouped and got out my pens, pencils & highlighters to being drawing up the solution. Personally, I'm glad that God is God and I am not. "Janna Almighty" I do not want to be.
But our scripture (Heb 2:10) says that God, the Creator of the universe, saw it fitting to have His Son - the captain of our salvation -suffer for us. This was God's plan all along. Jesus was not merely murdered. He had a choice. He gave up His life to bring us to glory. He gave up His earthly life to pay our entrance fee into heaven.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NKJV)
God's perfect plan was contrived out of an endless love for His creation. Jesus' work on the cross as our "captain" could only have been completed through His suffering. If there was some other way, I'm sure that God would have found it. For this reason we must also conclude that for us to become "perfect" or made useful for God's purposes, we also must suffer as Christ suffered for us. While our sufferings will never measure up to His, they are still there, still real, and can help us lead others to receive God's glory. At least we can find comfort in knowing that everything taking place in our lives is all a part of God's ultimate plan.
For "Planning" Purposes:
1) How much do you trust in God's control over your life?
2) What area of your life are you having difficulty giving to God so that He can manage it rather than you?
3) What would help you view your own "sufferings" in a light that makes them easier to live through?