Jesus Endured the Cross
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Right now, believers all over the world are preparing for the Easter season. This is one of the biggest annual Christian holidays.
Christians will be celebrating Easter and singing songs that commemorate the resurrection of Christ.
But before there was a resurrection, there was first the cross. There could be no resurrection without the cross that preceded it, and that Cross represents the most horrible event Jesus could have ever endured. Yet He endured it all without complaint. It was for you and for me and for all who would later come to repentance.
Have you ever felt that you were thrust into a situation that you didn’t ask for or didn’t desire?
Did you find that there was nothing you could do to escape it? How did you deal with the situation?
How did you endure? If that is a description of how you are feeling about life right now, then pay close attention, because as you will see, this is precisely how Jesus felt when He hung on the cross.
Jesus lived a pure, sinless Life. If there was ever anyone born on this earth who didn’t deserve the Cross, it was Jesus. However, it was part of God’s plan for Him to procure the salvation that today we gloriously and freely possess.
Jesus accepted His assignment, but the bible plainly tells us that He did not relish the experience. He had to set Himself to endure it as part of the assignment the Father had entrusted Him with. Hebrews 12:2 says Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
That word “endured” means to abide or to stay. It means a person who is under some type of incredibly heavy load but refuses to stray from his position because he is committed to the task.
So that word “endured” tells us that Jesus refused to stray from His position. If He had wished, He could have called upon 12 legions of angels to deliver Him and destroy His enemies (see Matthew 26:53) but he refrained because the Cross was the path of redemption that the Father had entrusted into His hands. His experience on the cross was horrific, yet it was the necessary price to be paid for the forgiveness of sin. If Jesus had shirked His responsibility and refused to accept the cross as part of His divine calling, then you and I would still be bound by our sin today.
I’ve never hung on a cross as Jesus did, and I can’t even imagine the thought of it. However, there have been times when God has asked me to endure some very hard things that I could escape only by disobeying His instructions. Regardless of how difficult it was to be obedient, I had to keep my eyes fixed on the price before me and endure the moment. And one thing I have found for sure, on the path of obedience, difficult or painful moments eventually come to a conclusion and when they do, resurrection and exaltation follow.
You may be enduring a difficult situation right now because God has called you to do a certain task.
Or perhaps there is no other way out but to go through a situation rather than run the other way. Regardless, I encourage you to focus on the example of Jesus and learn from Him. He utterly despised the Cross; yet He endured it nevertheless as a necessary part of His assignment to procure our salvation. This may not sound like something that makes you want to shout. But when you endure to the end and accomplish your divine mission, I promise you’ll be thankful that you did not throw in the towel earlier when you were tempted to give up.
My prayer for today. Please pray this out loud.
Father, I look to Jesus in all things as my example of how to live and to walk in a manner that is pleasing to you. Jesus endured the Cross for me and remained committed to His task without weakening beneath the weight of all that opposed Him. Because Jesus refused to abandon Your plan, even when it cost Him greatly, I will not run from my responsibility to obey your plan for me, despite the difficulty of what I am facing. I draw upon the power of His might to declare that although I may feel weak, I am strong in Him. Just as Jesus endured His cross, knowing that it was crucial to His obedience to and fulfilment of God’s divine plan, I take up my cross and follow Him, knowing that as I endure to the end, I will see the salvation of the Lord on my behalf. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen
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