Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV)
He is the founder and perfecter of our faith. Perfecter—”one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith.” (blueletterbible.com)
He endured the cross for the joy set before Him. Endured—He didn’t try to flee, but remained. As God He absolutely could have, but He chose to remain. He knew that joy was before Him. There was purpose in what he was enduring.
He despised the shame. Shame—the disgrace, the dishonor. He counted that as nothing although He was God, although He deserved honor about all.
That wasn’t the end of the story. For now He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus knew his mission and He fulfilled it. He had a singular purpose.
In Isaiah 50:7 we see this in the prophecy,
But the Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
And then we see the fulfillment of that prophecy in Luke:51.
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
We are told to consider Him.
I love Webster’s definition of consider in his 1828 Dictionary: “To fix the mind on, with a view to a careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on.”
Meditate on Jesus this Easter. Examine who He is. Think about what He has done.
Let this encourage and strengthen you to not grow weary or fainthearted on your own mission.
And may I suggest, Sweet Mama, that your primary mission isn’t to raise and homeschool your children. Yes, God may have called you to do that, but your mission is so much bigger. You are created in the image of God—designed to reflect his very character to a world that needs him. You are created for His glory.
And He loves you deeply.
Just think about the love He displayed for you, for me, for the whole world.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)
He endured the cross, despised the shame, and endured sinners hostility against Himself. Why would He do this? Why would He do this while we were still sinners?
Because of His great love for us. It is that simple, but oh, so profound.
My prayer for you is the same as Paul’s for the Ephesians,
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV)
This Easter, ponder.
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