I just found a verse that spoke to me in how it applies to my post, Stop This Thing and Let Me Get Off. So here’s Part 2!
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3 NAS
As you can see in my other post, I was disheartened and had to be reminded that someday every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But until then, I need to be reminded not to grow weary and lose heart!
Matthew Henry wrote, “though he could easily have both confuted (great word I had to look up!) and confounded them, and sometimes gave them a specimen of his power, yet he endured their evil manners with great patience. Their contradictions were leveled against Christ himself, against his person as God—man, against his authority, against his preaching, and yet he endured all” for the joy set before Him (v. 2).
Henry goes on to explain the joy that motivated Christ to stay on the cross:
He had something in view under all his sufferings, which was pleasant to him; he rejoiced to see that by his sufferings:
- he should make satisfaction to the injured justice of God
- and give security to his honour and government,
- that he should make peace between God and man,
- that he should seal the covenant of grace and be the Mediator of it,
- that he should open a way of salvation to the chief of sinners,
- and that he should effectually save all those whom the Father had given him, and himself be the first-born among many brethren.
So, the very fact that Christ accomplished all that is the reason we also have joy set before us. We can finish this race with our eyes set on what awaits us in Christ rather than on the mockers and boasters and scoffers, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart.
Just for the record, I already knew this, that Christ is waiting for us at the finish line. And that He runs with us. And that He is carrying us. And that He has already won the race. But I love the reminder that because He has already endured the suffering and shame to purchase our victory, we can have joy. Because He endured, we can endure. Because He is our Victor, we have victory.
Because of Christ’s example and for the joy set before us, we can joyfully persevere, and not grow weary and lose heart. Until it’s time to get off this planet!
Janice Powell 2014