Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. - Hebrews 12:3 ESV
Here’s a thought for Thursday—I don’t know what Maundy means, but that’s what they called it in my short Presbyterian stint.
There, now we all know.
I have a dear friend who is going through a tough time. Feels like everything is going against this person. My friend is facing hostility and frustration on every side. Their work is 1) stressful, 2) thankless, 3) nearly abusive, 4) unpredictable. Home life has changes through loss, and is on the verge of major change again. Health could be better.
This person feels hated, oppressed, demeaned, humiliated.
Have you been there?
It IS hard.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
One of His friends betrayed Him.
One of His closest friends denied even knowing Him.
Those who cheered at His arrival now geared at His demise.
They spit on Him.
They plucked out the hairs of His beard.
They took palms they should have held out to Him in supplication, slapped His face.
This One who turned water to wine, who offered living water to all who would come, was given vinegar mixed with gall to drink in His moment of thirst.
The One who clothed Adam and Eve hung naked, bearing their shame—our shame.
The nailed Him to a cross and left Him there to die.
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:2 ESV
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