12 A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us. 2 Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the author of faith. He also makes it perfect. He paid no attention to the shame of the cross. He suffered there because of the joy he was looking forward to. Then he sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I am not alone. Thousands upon thousands have walked this road of faith before me. They have trusted God through trials I can only imagine. They have trusted God and seen His faithfulness to each of His promises.
My Saviour was impacted by the enormity of ‘The Cross’. He wept tears of blood for he knew the pain (physical and spiritual) he would have to endure. He did not want to bear that cross.
But He did.
He saw past the cross, he saw past the pain and shame. He saw joy, the reward for all who follow the will of the Father.
His Joy is my salvation. His joy is His Kingdom being filled with souls bought back from death and given eternal life. His Joy is His Father.
Heavenly Father, I see the joy of eternity with you and your people. I rejoice at the thought of that day. May I always see past pains to the joy set before me. I am surrounded by witnesses who testify that my faith is not in vain. I will receive that joy!
Written by Andrew Mellor