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 honor beside God’s throne.
Oddly enough, the part of the movie, Tombstone, where Wyatt Earp tells the sheriff that he will not “let” him arrest them today reminds me of Jesus – not the characters or the storyline or anything like that – but the demonstration of authority.
In John 10:18 Jesus declares, “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
At least 4 times before John 10, Judeans picked up stones to do away with Jesus, but he always left unharmed. It is important to remember that when Jesus was finally arrested, he let them arrest him. When Jesus was beaten, he let them do it. When he was crucified, he let that happen too. No person ever exercised their will over the Son of the One, True, Living God.
Jesus did what he came here to do. He endured the cross, he wasn’t accidentally punished for nothing. He knew this would be the sacrifice for all sins for all time, and it gave him joy to know that I could become part of his FAMILY!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for your sacrifice, for you authority, and for the joy you looked forward to when you endured the cross. Thank you that saving my life was part of that joy and that you have made a way for us to be together forever AND that you are with me even now! I love you and thank you, for you are so good to me! AMEN!