Yesterday I wrote about why the Apostle James would encourage Christians to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face many trials” (James 1:2).
I hope you will look at that post and consider reasons why James would call for disciples to consider their trials as “pure joy“ and why you should also consider it.
Today’s post finishes the reasons because the major reason is the example of Christ.
While we can’t see all the way to the end of the story, our Heavenly Father can. He sent His Son to become the once for all sacrifice for our sin.
Jesus accepted the will of the Father and suffered and died on our behalf.
He did so that we might become new people and that we might be changed. He did so for our maturity and completeness. As James stated, God sent His Son so that we might be mature, complete, and lacking in nothing“ (James 1:4).
God wants us to be like Christ. Anything that makes us like Christ should be a cause of pure joy.
But there’s one other reason. It was “for joy“ that Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame.
Jesus did that to make us new people and to open the way to God to all who believe.
What an amazing passage of Scripture! What an astounding message!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God“ (Hebrews 12:1-2).
For the joy of our redemption Jesus endured the cross and scorned its shame. What a Savior!