An interesting connection exists between these two words: suffering and glory. Take time to look through God’s word and see how they relate and the connection of each to the life of Jesus.
Certainly, we are all aware of how Jesus suffered while here on earth: the persecution he endured, despising the shame he encountered, and the ultimate sacrifice at the cross.
What is amazing is how John describes the glory of Jesus in the Revelation. Of all the terms that could have been used––sovereign Lord, Prince of peace, Mighty God, Creator, or Christ––John chose to use the term “Lamb.” Why use Lamb? Because He was the sacrifice made for the world. Suffering cannot be separated from the glory.
No one longs for or anticipates suffering. We long for and anticipate the glory to come, but we must realize the suffering related to that glory and lead with an understanding of such.
Paul identifies that the sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us, but suffering comes first.