Hebrews 12:2

“…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.”

This is a profound thought. That anyone would find in the prospect of dying on a cross, a means of joy is beyond our frail human ability to understand. All historical references to the cross make it out to be one of the worst possible choices of death. It was painful, and it was slow. It was also humiliating because it was reserved for the worse of the worse. That the Son of God should be subjected to such a painful death in front of wagging tongues is beyond imagination.

Not only are we told that Jesus discounted the shame and the pain but that He went to the cross in a joyful mood rather than proclaiming His obvious innocence. Joy in the cross! He gladly took the cross with its pain and shame and added to it the sins of mankind. He gladly suffered for you and me. He was so happy to save us that he counted the pain as pleasure.

Task for Today: See Jesus not on the cross but at the right hand of the throne of God. The cross is empty, and the throne room is full. Today celebrate that Jesus rules both heaven and earth. Nothing can keep you from winning the crown of righteousness. Jesus made it a thing of joy.

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