I’ve been thinking about Jesus being the ONE WHO SAW. He saw the glory of what awaited him and called it JOY. This joy is what gave him strength to endure pain and suffering of the cross. He disregarded the shame of the cross on account of a yet unrealized joy.
As part of this unrealized joy, I believe He saw you and me too. He saw us alive for eternity with him. Since he saw us alive in our perfected state it makes sense he also saw us dead in our sins. He knew and bore the sin which weighed us down and it never deterred his unswerving passion to be our Savior.
What greater joy is there than seeing someone who overcame great odds now standing in victory?
Who can have this kind of joy today? You, me and God! How great must the joy of Father God be when he sees what his Son overcame and the victory he gave to the Church. What joy Jesus has knowing he overcame satan and in so doing gave us the power to do it to.
What exactly is the power Jesus gave us? What gives us strength to endure everything while running the race of a purposeful life? How do we overcome all odds and stand in victory?
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne. Hebrews 2:2 GNT
Here is the Kingdom key: We keep our eyes on Jesus, the champion. He is the Prize. Since he is the beginning of our faith and the end of it we must look to him at all times. Jesus is our joy and in him we’ll find everything we are looking for.
If we back up one verse from the above passage we are told to throw off everything that weights us down so we can run our race with endurance.
Our race is clearly a long haul. Otherwise why would we need endurance? If Jesus needed to disregard the shame of the cross what might we need to disregard to get to our place of joy?
There might be any number of things weighing you down right now. Throw them off.
There may be people in your path right now who belittle what you’re doing or don’t appreciate your effort. Don’t quit even when tempted to do so.