Joy In Enduring Hardship With Hope

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
– Hebrews 12:2

This passage gives us a look at another side of joy. The writer tells us that Jesus knew the shame of hanging on a tree, and he knew the pain the entire event would cause him. He also knew that it would culminate in his death.
What is remarkable is that Jesus could look past the excruciating pain of the cross and the terrible emptiness of being rejected by those he had come to save. Looking past the suffering and death he saw the empty tomb and changed lives that would result from his sacrifice and that gave him joy.

The writer tells us to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” He is saying that he is our example. We are to endure whatever hardship or persecution that comes our way; and because we know the victories which lie ahead we can endure these hardships with joy.

An example of this is in Acts chapter 16. Paul and Silas were stripped, beaten and thrown into a cell. But, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (verse 25). Can you see the picture? They were beaten severely and probably had open cuts on their backs, yet, they were singing praises and worshipping their Lord.

The book of James gives an interesting perspective on having joy in persecution. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (1:2). When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, even persecutions do not keep us from the joy we know lies before us.

Prayer: Help me to look beyond any hardships I encounter and see the victories that lay ahead. Give me the grace of joy to endure whatever comes my way knowing that in the end we win. In Jesus name, amen.

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