Epistle to the Hebrews (12:2-4)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

“…Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.” Hebrews 12:2-4

Jesus knew what was awaiting Him when He came to earth. He was not taken by surprise.

In fact He predicted His death:

Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory.I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” John 12:23-28

Jesus came to do the will of the Father. He said in John 3:24 “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”

Jesus did not give His life grudgingly but willingly because He loved us. He said : “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. ” John 10:17

Do you understand dear reader the joy within Jesus’ heart to lay His life purposefully for you? Jesus considered Himself as the kernel of wheat which needed to die in order to produce new ones – YOU. His death had the purpose to give YOU and I abundant life.

Jesus said “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Hebrews 12:13

Jesus looked at the life He could produce in us and not about His sufferings. He wanted to free us from sin and make us whole. His mission was to deliver us from sin and make us God’s children. This cost Him his life. He endured pain and suffering in order to make us new creatures. His name is now exalted by the hearts of men for what He accomplished.

Our author tells us not to give up but to persevere. Soon our trials will be over.

As we have seen in John 12:25:

Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.

What are we doing with our life? This question often arises but very few of us take a radical decision when it pops up. Is it wholly given to Jesus? Have you surrendered your will and body to God? Do you want to imitate Christ’s character and die to your old self? Do you desire to live a holy life through the Spirit or continue to live a sinful life? Have you committed your work, relationship, sexual life, finances and projects to God?

Is there someone forcing you to live in sin? Are you persecuted ? Is there someone forcing you in drug, prostitution or alcohol at the expense of losing your life? Are you resisting temptation to the point of shedding your blood? Dear reader, is there someone pointing a gun to you to watch pornography ? I know that it still occurs in Nigeria, that if a Christian does not deny his faith he will lose his life.

Are you under such pressure ?

Jesus was under such pressure when He wanted to do God’s will in Gethsemane. He did not give up but obeyed till death.

Jesus was tempted like us in the wilderness. Even in Gethsemane it was tempting to disobey. This is why He said to His disciples: “Pray that you will not give in to temptation

He said to His Father “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine

He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood” Luke 22:44

Hebrews 4:15-16 tells us:

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. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Paul said in 1 Cor 10:13: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Think about it, God has always shown you a way to escape sin, right? The thing is whether you want to cherish that sin or get rid of it.

Do not tolerate sin in your life, get rid of everything which causes or might cause you to stumble. Surrender your life to Christ, let it be wholly consecrated to Him.

Most of us do not struggle with sin at the point of losing our lives. Let us imitate Christ example who gave up all His rights to do God’s will.

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Posted July 8, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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