God is love. Faith works by love. The love of God is keeping His commandments. It’s all about love.
John 19:26 – When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, who He loved, He saith unto His mother, behold thy son!
What I am about to describe, I have witnessed or heard it reported in various ways. It is what one witnesses in the actions of a true hero. It can be seen when one who is hurting or suffering in a battle (the specifics of the battles are not so important), but their concerns are for those they lead and love. They continue in their labor, love, and leadership while many or most of their followers or friends have no idea what they truly face. Intentional heroes are all about love.
Consider Jesus on the Cross. No human being in history, before or after the Cross has endured what Jesus did. It was His body that was broken, scarred, bruised, and bleeding in the most heinous ways imaginable; beaten in the face while blind-folded, lashed by the Roman flagrum, struck with rods, spat upon, His clothes ripped from His body, thus reopening wounds from coagulated blood, forced to carry a 200 pound wooden beam on His shoulders, a crown of thorns, spikes in His hands and feet, and hours of untold agony on the Cross. That was all on Him. it was HIS mind that was tormented, knowing what He faced, carrying the chastisement of our peace, and suffering, not only the anguish of the Garden of Gethsemane, but the emotional torment of being cut off from the Father God.
And yet, suffering all that as no other person ever has or will, when He saw His mother standing at the foot of the Cross, where was His focus? On her. He was concerned for her care, her well-being, and her future. Oh what love! Oh what a hero! But don’t miss this. One can only love, serve, and be truly heroic in such circumstances when he/she already knows the outcome. Jesus endured “for the joy that was set before Him.” Therefore I ask you, “What joy is set before you?”
I can assure you that any real joy that is before you is there because of the price Jesus paid for you, your life, and your future. The joy set before Jesus had you in the picture. The joy that is set before us has Jesus in the picture. The “YOU” in the joy set before Jesus was the potential that all men could be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Live in such a manner that Jesus will not be saddened in any way at your outcome. He suffered and died so you could have life and have it more abundantly. Live in that manner, enjoying abundant life, fulfilling the joy of His heart. If you love Him, you will. Remember, it’s all about love.
Manna for Today – John 19:16-27; John 20:2; John 21:7; John13:23; 1 Corinthians 13; John 14:15-17; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 John 5:3