Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the ]author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1,2).
One of the keys to successful living is found in our text. Verse 2 begins with the words, “Looking unto Jesus.” As we live life keeping our attention on Him, His hand of guidance and strength will be upon us. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He saved us at the beginning when we first trusted Him, and He will carry us safely to the end as we continue to trust Him.
Jesus is our example. Why did He endure the cross? He saw the great joy that His death would bring. He felt the pleasure of realizing His sacrifice would result in the salvation of many. To die on a cross was a shameful death. It was reserved for the worst of criminals. Jesus was willing to endure the shame and pain because He knew His death would bring many into heaven.
God vindicated His Son through the resurrection. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the throne of God. He possesses all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He is ruling over God’s universe. Those who are wise will trust in Him.
Father, I am so sorry that Jesus had to suffer so much for me. It is mind-boggling to realize that He felt joy amid His suffering because He knew that His death would bless many. I want to know that same joy as I seek to serve others in His name. Amen.