Word for Today: December 2
The Word declares:
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 set down at the right hand of the throne of God… Heb. 12:2
How could Jesus possibly have “joy” before Him in the midst of such torture and agony? How did this “joy” give Him strength to “endure” the cross and bear the shame connected with it?
Why did He not call for “10,000 Angels” to come and loose Him and rescue Him from such pain and shame? He could have! He willingly laid down His life… for He had declared that
…no man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself… John 10:18
Why? How? Because Jesus looked through His Eye of Faith and saw into the future… He saw the time when you and I would hear the Word and Believe it, Act on it, and make it a part of our living and our breathing. He knew by His death and obedience to the Father, that He would become the Firstborn of many Brethren… that He would establish a New Race and New Breed and New Creation that would crush the head of satan and trample demon powers underfoot.
That is the reason for His Joy in the midst of suffering, agony and death