“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
This verse was one that I memorized last week for youth group and when I really started meditating on it, I found that it was such a wonderful verse with so much truth, joy, and power.
Going back to my previous post, we are running a race, and in that race we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. Without doing so we will stumble and fall just like the apostle Peter when he was walking on water. Christ needs to be at the center of our lives, our “race”, because He is the reason we are running the race. He is the author of all we believe and cling to, so our eyes must be set on Him.
I love how it says that He endured the cross because of the joy that was set before Him. He was willing to die the worst death just for the joy of being our Savior and rescuing us from our sins. It’s a wonderful thought! Jesus, the Lord of all things, was willing to come down to earth and live a perfect life, just to end up dying on a Roman cross, because He wanted to be able to be with us. He found joy in reconciling us to God! It’s just so amazing!
We have a Savior who founded our faith and perfected it, like the book of Hebrews talks about in concern to the new and old laws. He perfected it by dying a horrid death, and though he despised the shame and torment of it, He found joy in the fact that it would mean that it would save us. He didn’t just stay dead, but rose and is still alive and is sitting at the right hand of the throne of God. If that isn’t something that we should give thanks for I don’t know what is!
In the midst of the upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations, keep Jesus as the number one thing that you are thankful for. Because He is our everything and has done more than anyone else could ever do for us. So gives thanks to Jesus, for all that He has done and will continue to do. ~Soli Deo Gloria~