Jesus’ Joy

6th June

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.
Hebrews 12:2

What was the joy that awaited Jesus? His joy was so great that it gave Him power to endure the suffering He went through on the cross, disregarding the shame of being punished a criminal on the cursed tree, and strength to endure the ridicule, pain and torture He went through!

Jesus’ joy was that God could finally and eternally have an intimate relationship with us, by Jesus finishing the race, persevering to the end and completing the commission given to Him by the Father. God has always wanted a relationship with mankind. He walked freely with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, talking with them face to face. Yet because Adam and Eve sinned by eating the forbidden fruit, the intimacy could no longer remain, as God is perfect and Adam and Eve’s sins made them imperfect. Yet that all changed when a perfect, sinless, spotless Lamb, our Champion, laid down His life for us and made a way that God could once more have a relationship with us, His people. He no longer sees our imperfection, but looks at what Jesus did for us on the cross. There He sees perfection.

Jesus’ joy was knowing that His sacrifice would once more restore the severed relationship between God and man. Jesus’ joy was knowing that He was going to finish His ‘race’ for us, to pay the cost for our sins. His joy was birthed from His love for us. Jesus is our Champion.

The Man Jesus – Our Strength

2nd October

If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

We can be strong in the face of temptation because of Jesus’ strength within us. Scripture tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way, so that He can help us through our temptations. Sometimes however, we push Jesus out of our minds as if we want to be tempted. We think that we can stand strong in our own strength. Yet that could not be further from the truth.

Paul encouraged the Corinthian church to rely solely on the power of Christ in the believers life to withstand temptation. Furthermore, we are encouraged that Jesus will be with us in our temptations, not allowing us to be tempted by more than we can bear.

Even in temptation God is with us, supporting us and giving us a way out. Paul encourages us with the words that we can “endure” temptation and not fall into sin. However, endurance only comes from listening to Jesus and relying on His strength and not our own. It is in the times when we think we are strong that we are most likely to fall. Let us daily come before our Lord Jesus, acknowledging our need for His strength in our lives and let us walk in the victory that is in Him!

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…”