Scripture:

Hebrews 12:2 – 3 – We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross disregarding the shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people, then you won’t become weary and give up.

Observation:

This part of the Hebrews is being written to encourage 1st century Christians who are struggling to endure persecution. Focus on Jesus and what he did for us so we can have a new relationship with God. Christ was beaten, mocked, crucified and took on the sin of the whole world as the ultimate/perfect expression of faith to save us. Jesus endured it all and was resurrected to be at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

Application:

Too many times, I focus on the situation I have before me and not completely on Jesus. No matter what we are doing or trying to accomplish, we will grow weary and our efforts can stray if Jesus does not remain front and center. We must think of the great eternal joy awaiting us by being obedient to Jesus while here on earth temporarily. We can draw courage/strength in knowing that whatever trial is in front of us, Jesus followed God and paid full cost with his life for ours. Many believers in different parts of the world face persecution daily where life expectancy after baptism into the Christian faith is very short.        

Prayer:

Father,

Thank you for sending Jesus to endure the cross to pay full price for my sin. Help me to remain focused on Jesus and may your Spirit give me strength to persevere and not grow faint during times of trouble. Let me follow you no matter the cost.

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