this life called a race
that we are running in the here & now
that we are told to~
"let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us".
"It is a determination, unhurrying and yet undelaying,
which goes steadily on and refuses to be deflected.” (Barclay)
With STEADFAST ENDURANCE~
"the power to withstand hardship or stress; especially the inward fortitude necessary" (Logos) .
JESUS had as
HE entered into Jerusalem the last week of His Life,
It was the best of times, and the worst of times.
What if JESUS rushed to the cross?
What if HE raced right from the cradle to the cross
with nothing in-between~
No walking on water.
No healing the brokenhearted.
No temptation in the desert.
HE walked this earth
so HE could
walk this last week of
showing us how it is done,
HIS eyes fixed on the finish line~
Not the Cross but on
"The JOY set before Him "(Hebrews 12:2)~
that put HIM on the cross.
that was to happen after the cross.
as HE felt every nail that the soldiers didn't even rush to drive into HIM.
as HE cried out in pain to HIS FATHER.
that HE didn't rush through
HE waited three days
"HE endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:2)~
so that we can
as we walk from our the cradle to our cross.
where we get to nail whatever is hindering, and weighing us down~
"let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles." (Hebrews 12:1)
Oh the hindrances of today~
that are so very real
because what we are all experiencing is so very real.
Oh the helplessness of JESUS
as HE PERSEVERED
through the scourging
through the nailing
All for the JOY beyond the cross
beyond the grave
All for the JOY that is ours despite the
All for the JOY
HE ENDURED the cross~
"to face and withstand with courage" (Logos)
In the midst of the waiting for
"when will this all be over"
Oh STEADFAST ENDURANCE
all for THE JOY~
"Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him];
again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience]
be known to all people..." *
"The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious or worried about anything,
but everything [every circumstance and situation]
by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests
known to God."*
Oh THE JOY in the midst~
"And the peace of GOD [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace]
which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands
guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours] *(Philippians 4:4-7 AMP)
Oh run into HIS ARMS
all for the
"JOY" (listen to the song below)