At this time of year, we often talk of Jesus’ suffering, the horror, the tragedy. I never want to minimize that. I want to grow in my thanksgiving for all the pain Jesus went through for me.
But I also think it is good for us to remember, at any time of year, how great was Jesus’ joy and desire to bring us safe home to God.
Hebrews 12:2: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
This verse takes my breath away. Jesus scorned the shame of the cross because of the joy set before him. We are that joy. And because Jesus looked forward to the joy of having us in his family, he endured the cross.
Romans 5:6-8: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus loved us, and died for us, while we were still sinners.
Isaiah 53: 11: After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
In this passage which describes Jesus’ horrible suffering, it says he will be satisfied.
Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus offers us the opportunity and power to work with him to bring others to be part of his family.
Hebrews 7:25: Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him,
since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Jesus lives now to speak to God the Father on our behalf.
Jesus, teach us more fully to understand how important we are to you. I love you, Lord.