Joy of the Cross

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart..”

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

Joy set before him he endured the cross? These words caught my attention and I wondered how can there be any joy in the cross. What was that joy?

Jesus faced the cross and he chose to endure the cross for us. Why?

Would we be willing to do that for someone? So many questions, many more than can be voiced here. When we realize that Faith is a gift from God through His Grace we can come to understand that the only way we could be made holy is through Jesus blood that he shed on the cross. He died and rose so that we could be seen as Holy when we choose to accept the gift of faith.

The Joy that Jesus had after the cross was us, you and me. We are His Joy. I am his Joy because I choose to accept the gift of Faith that comes from Him. You are his Joy when you choose to accept the gift of Faith that comes from Him.

Prayer


Lord thank you for the gift of Faith and for showing us the Joy of the cross. Help us to faithful obedient servants.

Amen

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