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Thursday, May 25, 2017

HEBREWS 12:2

"...who for the joy set before Him
endured the cross,
despising the shame..."



Jesus had a view of eternity: "who for the joy set before Him."  Endured the cross.  This torture was so temporal, that though He suffered  horrid pain, He disdained the shame.  He was impervious to it.




Despising is a strong word, very close to hate.  Here's a dictionary definition of despise: "to look down on with contempt or aversion: disdain, detest: to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful."  This puts an interesting perspective for me on this verse.  He held with contempt the shame they tried to heap on Him, from the whipping to the crown of thorns as they mockingly called out, 'Hail, King of the Jews,' to the public display hanging naked on a cross.  He detested it, regarded it as negligible and worthless.  Jesus had such a view of eternity: "who for the joy set before Him."  This torture was so temporal, that though He suffered the pain, He disdained, scorned the shame.  He was impervious to it. 



"It was the joy of reversing, at last, the tragic defeat of humanity in the Paradise of Eden; the joy of knowing that Satan's purpose of destroying man was foiled...the joy of the saved entering heaven 'with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads (Isaiah 35:10); the joy of herald angels 'tidings of great joy to all people' and such marvelous joy in truth no vocabulary may describe it, nor rhetoric suggest it, or finite mind fully conceive of it.  Placed in the balances of consideration and weighted against the epic suffering our Lord passed through, that unspeakable joy overwhelmingly prevailed. 'The coming joy disarmed of its sting the present pain." ('Oh death, where is your sting?')  (Coffman's Commentary)

"To all the promises prophecies and predictions, that were given out by divine revelation, from the beginning of the world, in them was this joy set before Christ...it was written of Him, that He should do His will." 

The sweet relief of death, the sweet release of death, was Jesus' joy set before Him, that He would see His Father's face who said, "This is My Son in whom I am well Pleased."


Thus we see that Jesus' view of eternity was past, present, and future.  What was bringing Him unspeakable joy in His present suffering was not just looking forward to heavenly glories, but in looking back knowing it as the culmination of all history.

"Like all true heroes, Jesus was preeminently unselfish.  He had nothing to gain save the love of humanity.  His joy was purely unselfish." (Sermon Bible Commentary) It makes me picture the movie when William Wallace in Braveheart yelled while being tortured, "Freedom!"

 



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