Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.
Author (maybe Paul) you sound crazy and so does this description of why Jesus did it.
Hahahaha. Hold on.
This is the verse in its entirety in the King James Version: 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2.
For some reason the part I typed separately and the author and finisher part have been on my mind.
Well I know why. Cuz I needed to lean on them right now.
Let’s discuss what brought me here during my siesta. Cuz ya girl is NOT supposed to be writing. I have written faaaaaar fewer so there is that.
For the joy that was set before him. To me that says that He already knew joy was coming. Because if something is set in stone…omg…that means that it is definitive. It is definitely, for sure going to happen.
I said omg because a description or prophesy of Jesus is that He is the stone that the builders rejected who became the chief cornerstone. 🗣 Please look the Scripture up for yourself when you see that.
God wants glory. He won’t give it to another. 🗣He inhabits the praises of His people. 🗣
To me, this part of this verse is saying, that after hundreds of years dealing with fickle, ungrateful, inconsistent, disobedient, backsliding, forgetful children, there is joy because He knows that the sacrifice of the cross will lead to individual relationship that will enable Him to receive from us what we were created for (🗣 for the created for part).
Yooooooooooooo. That’s craaaaaaaaaazy. Lol.
It makes sense though. We would have to endure the same thing in order to give Him that joy. He told us we would. The whole deny pick up a cross of it all. 🗣Then someone came later talking about knowing Him in the fellowship of His suffering. 🗣 Someone also came along talking about having to suffer with Him to reign with Him. 🗣
Not only is it awe inducing, does it bring on amazement to think that He chose the cross knowing that we would be messy and prone to mistake, but knowing that He chose it just to know us, relate to us, and to be able to spend eternity with us? That’s the love John 3:16 talks about.
It is interesting to me in this moment that the joy…before him part is in the same verse as author and finisher of our faith.
It’s as if the God of the Old Testament did all of what He did and had the people prophesy promises, showed up for the people who showed great faith in Him, then kept His promises by coming as His son.
He created the faith by being faithful and then doing what He said. And because He has a track record that proves our faith is worth it, He finishes our faith.
Because, the same one that gave us reason to have faith to begin with, uses that same faith to cause us to continue to have faith. Kinda like the faith to faith of it all. 🗣
I hope I haven’t lost or confused you. The Bible is soooooo good. And it is so powerful and great that something you have read for years can have a whole new meaning time and time again.
That’s why people call it a living document. I believe there’s a Scripture that says His Word is life. Facts. It helps you live and is such an encouragement and so many other things that we need.
I dare you to dig in. You’ll find Jesus. You’ll find the I Am that I Am. 🗣
That I Am is so good to me. It is a catch all. It is a statement of fact that God is anything and everything we need.
If the way that I switch back and forth between God and Jesus and whatever else I say confuses you, I hope this helps.
Go be great. Someone is counting on it! 😊
Chiiii I’m over here trying. Human will show you what I meaaaaaaaaan. Baaaaaaybeeeee. For the joy that is set before ME I am enduring.
Cuz I know what He said. I know what Has to come after what’s going on around me. I’m looking to Jesus. Just like Peter did when he got out of the boat and walked on water in a storm. 🗣
When the storm or the miracle he was in got to be so much that he stopped looking at Jesus and instead looked at what was going on around him and began to sink, he knew what to do.
He called on Jesus to save him. And He did. He was the Savior before He ever went to the cross. 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯
Okay. I gotta go. I already ended it and sent you on your way. Be encouraged. It’s only temporary unless you stay where you are. He LOVES you and wants good things for you. Look up some stuff about His plans and some stuff about His thoughts.