“2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Last week I was having a hard week. Usually I am a pretty happy person; I can find joy in the little things of life. A lovely sunset, a quiet walk in the forest, an elegant house from a bygone century can bring a smile to my lips. I was feeling a little out of sorts. As my mother would say, I was “feeling a little cross.”
Feeling cross (Webster’s): angry, annoyed, irritated, put out.
Jesus has also felt cross, but his experience was very different than mine. According to Hebrews 12:2 when Jesus was feeling cross, He felt joy.
Feeling cross meant pleasing His Father. Feeling cross meant purchasing our redemption. Feeling cross meant salvation for all mankind. Because Jesus was feeling cross, we have been set free from our sin and shame and are free to live for him.
Feeling cross (redefined by Jesus): joy, peace, grace, freedom, thankfulness, blessedness.
1. How has the cross changed your life?
2. Thank Jesus for the life changing work of the cross.
3. Today, share the work of the cross with another person who needs encouragement.
Life is sweet.