“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne.”
Have you ever been so expectant of something, so excited to do or receive something, that the days waiting for it just seems like seconds? The power of excited expectancy can almost make the pain of waiting fall into nothingness. As we discussed yesterday, it was the joy of Jesus completing His mission and the joy of our restored relationship with God that gave Jesus the strength to persevere through the pain, suffering and the cross’ shame. However, Jesus’ perseverance was also to set us an example too.
We too can be excited and wait in anticipation for the great return of Jesus. We too await eternity in Heaven where there will be no pain, suffering or sorrow. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to do so. He says that we should fix our eyes on Jesus and not on our present sorrows and pains. Just as Jesus disregarded the shame of the cross, exchanging it for the joy ahead, we too should not get caught up in earthly disappointments but persevere in patience and joy, looking ahead to Jesus’ return and eternity with Him.
Yet there is more good news. We too can access Jesus now. We can access Heaven on earth today. Jesus Himself prayed ‘let Your will be done on Heaven and it is on earth’. We can access the joy of the Lord today. We can access His beautiful presence now. We can see a glimpse of Heaven on earth when we invite Jesus into our lives, in our prayer times and when we experience His tangible presence.
Jesus is our Champion, He set the standard. As we patiently wait for Christ’s return, let us fix our eyes on Him, who has gone before us in victory. May He give us the strength and patience to endure life’s hardship but also help us to live in victory here and now.