Hebrews 12:2 says of Jesus, “…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.” (NIV)
When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew exactly what He was about to face. He was in anguish and begged His Father to find another way if He were willing.
“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” (Luke 22:43 NIV)
I wonder how the angel strengthened Him. I like to think the angel showed Him visions of the people He loved, the people whose eternal destiny hung in His next decision. I think He saw “snapshots” of us, including you and me, redeemed and with Him in heaven. I believe that was the joy set before Him.
Jesus fulfilled the Father’s will and submitted to His plan of salvation. “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42b NIV)
Jesus went to the cross with a photo of you next to His heart.
Lord Jesus. Thank You for the cross. May I remember that the thought of me brings You joy.