Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.
scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
HEBREWS 12:2 (NIV)
I am helped to endure my trails when I consider how Jesus endured His own. This verse tells us that great joy gripped the soul of the Master when He looked ahead to what His sufferings would accomplish. He endured for the joy of completing the Father’s will for Him. He endured for the joy He would feel at His resurrection and exaltation. And He endured for the joy of soon being able to present cleansed believers to the Father in Glory.
Jesus, did not “enjoy” the cross, but He was able to endure it for the joy set before Him. By considering Jesus, we, too, can take heart and endure.
We can rejoice, too,
when we run into problems and trials,
for we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character,
and character strengthens
our confident hope of salvation.
ROMANS 5:3-4 (NLT)
On the journey with you,