FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM

“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” (Heb. 12:2).

Jesus singular purpose for coming into this world was in obedience to his Father in Heaven.

“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me” (John 8:42).

“In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work (John 4:31-34).

Jesus came and died to fulfill his Father’s will to save the world.  Jesus also came for the reward offered to him (Heb. 12:1-2)

The following passages describe some of the reward Jesus would receive for fulfilling the Father’s will. Part of these rewards are described in Revelation 22:26-27 and in Hebrews 1:1-2.

·       The Father made Jesus Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).

·       The Father gave him all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).

·       The Father ordained that every knee would bow to Jesus (Rom. 14:9)

·       Jesus would be given a name above every name (Phil. 2:9-11).

·       Jesus will be given a bride (the church) for eternity (Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9; Mark 2:19-20).

In view of the honor, which He would have at the right hand of God, and the happiness, which He would experience from knowing He had redeemed the world and brought many sons to glory, Jesus was willing to bear the sorrows and to patiently endure the pain and ignominy connected with the suffering of death on the cross.  There was the joy of fulfilling the will of the Father (Psa. 40:6, John 6:38-40) in tasting death for every man.

 

-Beth Johnson

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