Hebrews 12:2b (NIV)
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.
“On the cross Jesus was treated as valueless, being mocked and ridiculed – in short, being ‘scorned’ or ‘shamed.’ He, however, turned the experience inside out, ‘scorning the scorn,’ or in the author’s words here, ‘scorning the shame…’”[G. H. Guthrie, NIVAC, p.399]
“We are invited to walk in the steps of a conqueror.” [John White, The Cost of Commitment, p.110]
Jesus was not a masochist, nor an ascetic, nor did he hyper spiritualize suffering. Jesus faced the suffering of the cross as the only way to redeem sinners. It was for the joy set before him that he suffered. He suffered in his loving obedience to the Father and in his love for us. Jesus did not receive suffering passively, but he overcame the world. We are beckoned to walk in his steps.
Let’s worship to “Another in the Fire” (click here) by Chris Davenport & Joel Timothy Houston.
Let’s pray: Jesus, thank you for your obedience to the cross. Jesus, I bow down and worship you because you are worthy. Your love for me is incomprehensible. Fill me with your Spirit today to be faithful to follow in your steps as you have called me to live like you, loving you and loving others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.