Christians share in the suffering of Christ
Philippians 3:10–11 (ASV 1901)
10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; 11if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.
Colossians 1:24 (ASV 1901)
24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church;
1 Peter 4:13 (ASV 1901)
13but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.
Just before his arrest, Bob Fu and his wife Heidi, found comfort and strength as they knelt together to study and pray over Peter's epistle in 1Peter 4 on the need to not be ashamed but to glorify God for sharing in Christ's suffering.
Through personal tragedies; the loss of four children, blindness, deafness and several close shaves with death, the Goforths, having put their hands on the plow, committed their lives to the service of God.
Pastor Fathi wrote a magnificent letter to his father from behind the walls of the notorious Evin prison in Iran. He detailed not only his great suffering in prison, but also his unflinching confidence and faith in the One whose cup of suffering he has been made to share.
The fierce persecution of believers and the constant fleeing from the authorities had gotten to Brother Yun. In frustration, he cried to God asking why He, being all powerful did nothing to protect them. God's reply to Yun was from 1 Peter 2:21 - 'To this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.'
One Friday morning as they lined up for the humiliating "medical inspection" at the Ravensbrück concentration camp, Corrie and Bestie were reminded as they stood in the brutal cold, of the sufferings of Jesus the day he hung totally naked on the cross to save mankind.
During a time of persecution against believers, Joseph Allein was arrested on his way to preach. He suffered greatly in prison and eventually died from the pains caused by his incarceration.
In a desperate attempt to break his will, Harlan Popov is heinously tortured by a team led by Comrade Manoff. But through it all, Harlan found his strength renewed in the glorious thought that his all of his suffering was for Jesus's sake.
Tante Corrie was to speak to believers in an African country where a State sponsored religious cleansing of Christians was taking place. To this terrified believers she brought God's word on the joys of sharing in Christ's suffering, bringing hope to a congregation facing martyrdom.