Jesus Endured the Despicable Toward Joyful Ends
…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)
Time and again I revisit this verse, and each time something else calls out to me.
Today, during our time of worship, bundled up with no lights and a couple extension cords from next door bringing enough power to run a few small amps and a projector, we read this verse.
What jumped out at me today was that there were things in Jesus’ life that He despised, and things in His life that He endured.
We seem to think that the Spirit filled life will consist solely of joy unspeakable.
Yet Jesus, in order to reach joy unspeakable, and because of the value He place on joy unspeakable, endured the despicable!
The scripture is clear that He bore, and endured for us, yet the question in my spirit is this: If I am to love like Jesus loved, are there despicable things I must endure in order to bring others into His wonderful light?
This is what I am pondering today – join me if you care to – add your ponderings below if you like.