Have you ever felt depressed? Life can be rough sometimes. It is true that we experience natural human emotions and one of them is sadness. Jesus was sad and even experienced grief at times. He wept for His friend Lazarus, He was grieved at the condition of the lost, and He was in agony on the cross. But despite all of Jesus’ earthly trials, He kept his eyes on a certain joy that propelled Him to live His life to die for us.
In my last post I quoted part of Hebrews 12:2. The first part was a very encouraging statement of how Jesus continues to work in us. I was reading the second part of the verse and the Lord showed me something awesome. It reads, "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." In this passage we see that Jesus lived His entire life focused on one thing. Every day, Jesus, who was God, was motivated by "the joy that was set before Him." What was that joy? It was the joy of spending eternity with us. Us! He wanted to spend His eternal life fellowshipping with us, and that is what kept Him going.
The bible says that He despised the shame. The word despised means to count as nothing. Think about all the shame He experienced. Everything He went through, he thought of as nothing, for us. Here is the point. If almighty God lived His earthly life motivated by the thought of an eternity with us, how much more should we be motivated by that thought. Jesus lived and died for us when we were worthless, and when we hated Him. How much then should we live for Him who loves us and who’s worth cannot be measured. Praise God He loves us. I would like to encourage you, whatever light affliction we have on this earth is nothing when compared with the riches of knowing Jesus. Let us remind ourselves of the joy that motivated Jesus to die for us. Let us allow God to make that same joy our motivation for living for Him.
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;" 2 Corinthians 4:17