Today’s Scripture: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.Hebrews 12:2-3

Can you solve for “y” if “y2-y-18=2y”? The answer is, “I don’t care enough to figure it out.”

I didn’t do the math, but Hebrews tells us to calculate something far more important than any math problem you would do back in your school days. The word “consider” in Hebrews 12:3 really implies in the Greek to calculate, to do the math.

We are to consider all the hardships Christ went through to save us and use that as a reason to not give up. We will consider only some of the opposition He went through to save us, to save you. He had you in mind when He chose to go through these oppositions and didn’t give up because He loved you.

They tried to kill Him when He was still a baby. For almost His entire time on earth, His own brothers didn’t even believe Him. He was constantly accused by the self-righteous that He was as bad as the sinners, publicans, and harlots. He was accused of being a glutton and drunkard. He would heal people and be accused of breaking the Law of Moses. He would cast out demons and be accused of doing it through Satan’s power. He was betrayed by one of His closest friends. He was spit on, whipped, mocked, and had a crown of thorns crammed on His head.

He endured it thinking of you. Knowing you would be hopeless if He didn’t continue. He could have said, “Forget it,” but He loved you so much He kept going. He was nailed through His hands and His feet. He hung up there grasping every breath in agony. He was suffering for the very crowd that was mocking Him at the cross.

Then He became sin for us. He was forsaken by the Father Whom He had perfect unity with for all eternity past! Because He did not quit, we will never know what it is like to be forsaken by God, if we have ever accepted Christ as our personal Savior. He did not quit in the trials that were far worse than any problem we can imagine happening to us. Knowing this, let us resolve not to quit no matter the trial we are facing.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder Jr.