looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
Today is Good Friday.
This day celebrates the fact that Jesus Christ remained focused. He stayed the course as He followed through His mission to glorify the Father by the work on the cross, despite its agony.
This year, I’m (re)learning that pain ought to remind us that this world is not our home.
John Piper expounds on this notion excellently:
… everyone will encounter fires of trouble and pain in life, and this experience can make you salty. It salts you. In other words, close calls with eternity, where you can smell the flames of hell and the scents of paradise can fill you with an amazing dissatisfaction with this world and a profound satisfaction in Christ as your eternal reward.
Jesus Christ is the author and founder of our faith! He is the model and leader whom we follow. He lays down the perfect example of glorifying God through trials.
Despite the pain and the agony, can we endure and stay true to our mission?
Remember our Lord Jesus.
Remember Him who went through the ultimate trial to save many.
Remember Christ who did this for the joy set before Him.
Remember Jesus Christ, who gave all to glorify the Father.
Our trials are perfect opportunities to mirror our Lord and be satisfied in Him.