Hebrew 12:2-3 New International Version
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Our theme scripture speaks focus to me.
As I write I am thinking of Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” When we received salvation we received Jesus as the author and the finisher of our faith. In the book of Matthew above, Jesus asked us to we learn from Him and we will find rest for our souls. Our peace and success in the journey of salvation is purely dependent on our ability to imitate Christ. Apostle Paul said imitate me as I imitate Christ. There is something important need to remember from verse 30 of Matthew 11: His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The things that God is asking us to do cannot be compared to the bondage that worldliness brings; the worldly things are enticing but ensnaring, there is no peace, the enticing bit is what lures many. In the book of John Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
As Jesus fixed His eyes on the promises of God, the bible says, “for the joy set before Him endured the cross”. Jesus could not feel the heat of the crucifixion (Scorning its shame) because His eyes were fixed on God (His father) and the victory ahead. What was the benefit of His endurance? He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Dominion, Victory, Authority). The bible says God gave Him a name that is above all other names.
Apostle Paul continues to charge us to consider what Jesus endured; He endured shame, scorn, opposition, insults, stripping, a crown of thorns among others yet He did not call it quit. The word from scornful men is really ministering to me. The same sinners He had come to save were scorning Him, insulting Him, spitting on Him etc. Some of them, he had healed them or their siblings or their parents or their spouses. The other bit a sinful person has no mercy, they aren’t kind or gentle, I am thinking about their arrogance or a certain force. It was not easy on our Lord Jesus.
Here is the other twist, Apostle Paul ends verse three by adding; “so that you will not grow weary and lose heart“. If Jesus overcame you can overcome, If you quit who will you be taking after? Your forerunner and role model endured it why not you? It also reminds me of Hebrew 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin”. Jesus is able to understand what we go through, He has gone through what we have gone through. He feels our pains, He see every thought, which reminds me of Tommy Walker’s songs:
I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in His hands
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
Focus keeps us from distractions, losing balance or getting diverted. It also enables us to disregard pain and adversities; focus and endurance are brother and sister. You don’t feel the heat of the process because your mind is consumed by where you are going. You are so much into something that others wonder whether you are real. Like Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego whether to be thrown into the firely furnace was not debatable, they were so much into pleasing their maker that nothing else made sense.
As we learn to Focus on Jesus in the things of faith the same focus will help us in our day to day lives. we will not loss touch of our goals, responsibilities and what we need to do.
Almighty God I come before your thrown to ask for grace to be able to fix my eyes on you, your promises and the cross. Lord Jesus help me to learn from you and take up your yoke and your lighter burden. Holy Spirit sensitize me to know when am veering off from the cross, keep me focused in life, in my family, business and place of work. Let your love surround me always that I continue in the assurance that you will never leave nor forsake me. In Jesus name I pray and believe, Amen