Hebrews 12:1a-3 New Living Translation (NLT)
…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
Brooksyne Weber noted at Daily Encouragement, “…the many things Jesus gave up or endured on His earthly journey that would conclude at the cross…” (This is paraphrased, click the link to read the original at the bottom of their page.)
- He gave up His glory in heaven.
- He gave up His royal privileges.
- He was subjected to Satan’s temptuous ways.
- His incorruptible body was subjected to physical death.
- He was numbered with transgressors while the guilty was freed.
- He was abandoned by those closest to Him.
- He chose silence when false accusations were hurled at Him.
- He was subjected to betrayal and physical cruelty by those He came to save.
- He sought us out even when we were indifferent to all He has done for us.
- He bore all our sin to satisfy what the law demanded.
This reminded me of the words of a popular Christmas (!) song Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne:
Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.
Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang,
Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
And in great humility.
The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
In the shade of the forest tree;
But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee.
Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary
Many Gospel Music artists — and Elvis Presley — recorded the song, If That Isn’t Love which echoes this idea:
He left the splendor of heaven
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me
And if that isn’t love
Then the ocean is dry
There’s no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can’t fly
Yeah if that isn’t love
Then heaven’s a myth
There’s no feeling like this
If that isn’t love
Even in death He remembered
The thief hanging by His side
Then he spoke of love and compassion
And He took him to paradise
And if that isn’t love…
More recently, we have the song The Servant King which is also sung at both Christmas and Easter. We’ve covered that song and included a video here at C201.
Hopefully today’s devotional thoughts from Christian song lyrics has guided you to consider the breadth and width of the sacrifice we remembered at Easter.