Faith and It’s Joy

Hebrews 12:2 says, “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.” In Hebrews 11 we have the famous chapter that is often referred to as the “faith chapter.” In that chapter we have an account of the faith of the Old Testament saints. Then in chapter 12 we are told about Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. Often times we don’t think about the faith that Jesus had. Every example of faith you can find in the Old Testament saints can be found in a greater measure in Christ. There is something about the faith of Christ that I find interesting, something that is not recorded in regard to the Old Testament saints in chapter 11.  It is the joy of faith. We are told about the joy that was set before Jesus. The word of God is not teaching us that the sufferings of Christ were a joy, that He enjoyed the shame or the cross. What we have being taught is that Christ was able to press on through the hard times because He anticipated with faith, the joy He would have when He finished the work of the cross, would rise again and ascend unto His heavenly Father and sit down next to Him. As we run life’s race we will have to endure many hardships and trials. We must look to the finish line and press toward the mark and by faith look to the joy of eternal life with Christ. How wonderful it is to have faith in the finished work of Christ and be able to rejoice even now in the midst of trials because you know you have a heavenly home that you are going to. It truly is faith that can presently rejoice in the joy that has not yet come because your confidence is in the Lord Jesus.