Joy set before Jesus

FOR JOY WE MUST ENDURE

Hebrews 12:2 ESV: 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.

RELEVANT SCRIPTURE

Psalm 110:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Hebrews 1:3
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

Hebrews 2:10
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting for God, for whom and through whom all things exist, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.

SELECT COMMENTARY

(This is most excellent)
From Pulpit: It may be here observed that anticipation of reward hereafter is among legitimate human motives to a good life. It may be said, indeed, that the highest virtue consists in doing what is right simply because it is right – in fulfilling God’s will, whatever may come of it to ourselves; but the hope of a final happy issue comes properly, and indeed inevitably, in as an inspiring and sustaining motive. Aspiration after Happiness is a God-given instinct of humanity, necessary for keeping up the life of virtue. There may be some so in love with virtue as to be capable of persevering in lifelong self-denial, though without any faith in a life to come. But human nature in general certainly requires this further incentive, and Christian faith supplies it. Nor are those who thus work with a view to future joy to be accused of selfish motives, as though they balanced only a greater against a smaller gain. To the true Christian the grand inspiring principle is still the love of God and of his neighbor, and of goodness for its own sake, though the hope of an eternal reward supports and cheers him mightily. Nor, again, is the joy looked forward to a selfish joy. It is the joy of sharing in the triumph of eternal righteousness in company with all the redeemed, whose salvation, no less than his own, he desires and strives for. And, further, with regard to his own individual joy, what is it but the joy of attaining the end of his being, the perfection God meant him for, and to which it is his duty to aspire? Hence Christ would not have been a perfect Example to man had he not been represented as looking forward to “the joy that was set before him.”

From Henry we gather: By stedfastly looking to Jesus, their thoughts would strengthen holy affections, and keep under their carnal desires. Let us then frequently consider him. What are our little trials to His agonies, or even to our deserts? What are they to the sufferings of many others? There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. Christians should not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divine chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wise end to answer by all.

MY PONDERING

I think there is real application for us who believe herein this verse, in particular: ‘for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross’. Christ made it clear we all have our own crosses to bear where He spoke in Luke 14:27, “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

No doubt Christ’s joy and reward are significantly greater than ours, as was His cross infinitely insurmountable by any other human, non fully God incarcerated as Jesus was. Yet we have our own burdonsome crosses to carry. Thankfully we also have a wonderful joy set before us and waiting in Heaven. I don’t know about you, but my life is hard. Not all of it, like when I am sound asleep and other quality times but it sure ain’t easy but that is not a sufficient excuse to quit, whine nor be a consistent complainer. Like Jesus, we can, should and must persevere or like He said may not be one of His disciples.

So how can we manage yet alone partake of the abundant life Jesus also promised while enduring?

Keeping our hope fixed upon our glorious destination in Heaven.
Willfully decreasing our inherent selfish old man nature therefore creating space for the Holy Spirit to flourish the new man.
Eating from the Bread of life and drinking from the well of Christ.
Strapping on our spiritual armor each and every day.
Speaking affirmations to our soul we know to be true because we are beloved and endowed to be great by the One and Only, while filtering out the distorted noise and lies of our adversary.
Connecting with God thru prayer, fasting, and study.
Singing and making melody in our hearts for our victory is won.

MY PRAYER

Lord, help us look to Your example and realize our higher calling for You are the LORD of lords and the Highest Power. Let Your influence and increase be abundant in my li

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