The Joy Set Before Us

Hello Element!

Can you believe it? It's time for Easter! And we're getting ready to wrap up our Beloved series. We have seen that, just as Jesus took, blessed, broke and gave the bread, we are also Chosen, Blessed, Broken and Given. And so was Jesus.

He was chosen and blessed by the Father. But when He was breaking the bread in the upper room that night, He was preparing Himself and his followers for the harsh reality of His breaking that would come the next day. We don't know exactly what Jesus knew about the future. But I can tell you this: He knew the scriptures. He knew punishment and death were right around the corner.

We focus a lot on the physical aspects of Jesus' breaking. The beatings, the cross. And we should. Meditating and reading and singing about these things rocks me to my core. But we also remember the even deeper anguish He endured. The spotless Lamb of God, tasting the shame and guilt of every type of sin and evil for the first time. And worst of all, He endured the separation from His Father. From all eternity, they had never been apart - until that moment on the cross. Can you even imagine the shattering of His body, spirit and heart all at once? But, consider Hebrews 12:2-3:

"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.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

For the joy set before Him. Through it all, Jesus knew that He was being broken so that He could be given. For the joy set before him, He was able to endure all of the breaking. Because He knew what was coming! And then the next verse turns it around to us. We don't have to stay weary and lose heart. Because of the joy set before us. Because we know what is coming! He was broken to be given, so that our brokenness could be redeemed and given too. Thanks be to God!

I can hardly wait to gather with you on Friday night to reflect, worship and meditate on the weight of Jesus' sacrifice together. And then on Sunday we'll gather to celebrate and join in the joy of our very much alive and glorified Savior. In the warehouse, gratitude for this Resurrection life exploding in worship...there's no place I'd rather be.

He is risen!

Benjamin

Posted on March 29, 2018 .