He was abused but he did not retort. He suffered but he did not threaten, but committed his case to him who judges justly.
Then Jesus gave a loud cry, and said, "Father, I intrust my spirit to your hands!" With these words he expired.
Think of the opposition that he encountered from those sinners against themselves, if you would not grow weary and faint-hearted.
And the passers-by jeered at him, shaking their heads
Then the high priest got up and came forward into the center and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer to make? What about their evidence against you?"
And the passers-by jeered at him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! you who would tear down the sanctuary and build one in three days!
and they blindfolded him, and asked him, "Show that you are a prophet! Who was it that struck you?"
And they divided up his clothes among them by drawing lots for them,
The Jews answered, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and are possessed?"
and he went back into the governor's house and said to Jesus, "Where do you come from?" But Jesus made no answer.
And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and give your slaves the power to utter your message fearlessly,
As they stoned Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"
This was the passage of Scripture that he was reading: "Like a sheep he was led away to be slaughtered, And just as a lamb is dumb before its shearer, He does not open his mouth.
Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord's disciples, went to the high priest,
since he has fixed a day on which he will justly judge the world through a man whom he has appointed, and whom he has guaranteed to all men by raising him from the dead."
But in your obstinacy and impenitence you are storing up wrath for yourself on the Day of Wrath, when the justice of God will burst forth.
You who are masters, too, must treat your slaves in the same way, and cease to threaten them, for you know that their Master and yours is in heaven, and that he will show no partiality.
This is a proof of God's justice in judging, and it is to prove you worthy of the Kingdom of God, for the sake of which you are suffering,
This is why I am suffering as I am, but I am not ashamed of it, for I know whom I have trusted and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have intrusted to him for that Day.
Now the crown of uprightness awaits me, which the Lord, the upright judge, will award me on that Day, and not only me but also all who have loved and hoped for his appearing.
not returning evil for evil, or abuse for abuse. You must bless people instead. It is for this that you were called??o obtain blessing.
Therefore, those who suffer by the will of God must intrust their souls to a Creator who is faithful, and continue to do what is right.