April 10, 2009
“For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners
against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews
Good Friday. A day of mock trials, ridicule and scorn, beatings
and floggings, a crown of thorns, and a bloody cross. But Christ
endured. And because he endured, we can be saved.
Now, today, we also suffer as we strive to advance the Kingdom
of God in the world:
- “the world has hated them because they are not of
the world” – John 17:14
- “after you have suffered a little while” – I
- “you have been distressed by various trials” – I
- “we are afflicted in every way” – II Corinthians
How do we not grow weary and lose heart during times when our
feet are bloody and our heads are bowed? How do we press on to
victory when the enemy is pressing in on all sides?
The answer? Consider Jesus. Look to him. Focus on him. He endured
more hostility than you or I will ever see. He conquered.
And because he did, so will we.
- What was the most difficult trial
in your life? Or what is it, if you are going through it right
- Do you find it hard or easy to focus your attention on
Jesus in the midst of a trial? Why?
- How can it help you to endure in your trials to truly
realize that Jesus endured even greater trials for your sake?