“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.” (Isaiah 53:2-3, NIV 1984).
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2–3, NIV 1984).
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Consider Him. The King of Kings with no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him or make us desire Him. Despised and rejected. A man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Grieving and sorrowing over our rejection. Enduring the most excruciating execution ever devised by mankind. Cruel and unusual. Consider Him. The author of our faith. Enduring the opposition of those He was dying for, in order to perfect that faith.
Fix your eyes. Not just on the suffering that He endured for us, but on the joy that would come from it. The sacrifice approved by His Father via the resurrection. Allowing Him to ascend to the Father and to sit down at His right hand. Fix your eyes on that. At His Father’s side, interceding for you and me. “Father, I paid for that. So that where I am, they may be also.”
Do not lose heart. Do not grow weary. We can bear our suffering here on earth, because it will never be as great as His. See, He has set us an example. Fix your eyes on Him. Do not lose sight of Him. His suffering was temporary. In comparison, ours will be light and momentary. Nothing like they would have been if He had not suffered on our behalf. So do not fix your eyes on the temporary suffering we see all around us. Fix it on what is unseen and eternal. For “we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV 1984).
My Advice – He endured “for the joy set before Him.” We do not lose heart, “for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…consider Him...so that [we] will not grow weary and lose heart.”