“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NASB
It says that Jesus went to the cross with joy. How many of you believe that Jesus was perfect? I believe it, look at Matthew 26,
“Then He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.’ And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as you will.’” Matthew 26:38-39 NASB
Another place in the Bible it tells us that He was praying so intensely that He was sweating blood. In Hebrews 12, it says He went to the cross joyfully, but in Matthew, He doesn’t look too joyful, He was grieved. Jesus was human; He didn’t get into His flesh; what did He do? It tells us in Matthew that He went to prayer. He got up, then went to His disciples and said, I’ve got this; let’s go. Through the unction of the Holy Spirit, the book of Hebrews was written, and the writer doesn’t even mention Matthew 26 because God wasn’t even thinking about Jesus going through His Garden of Gethsemane moment, He was thinking about the moment He was going to rise from the dead. When you struggle, when you start to feel doubt, feel down, get out of joy or calmness, you immediately pray and get back in faith, and God will look at you and say, look at this, they endured it without ever wavering. Because you did it all by faith, that is why the Bible says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The God of Hebrews 12:2 that says that Jesus went to the cross with joy is the same God that wanted pen put to paper in Matthew 26 that said that Jesus was grieved. Why? Because He wants us to see that is the patience part. Look at 2 Corinthians 12,
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NASB
You see, Jesus went through His Garden of Gethsemane moment when He was weak. But what did we read in Matthew 26? Look at His last words, yet not as I will, but as thou will. That is why in 2 Corinthians, when Paul is writing to the church at Corinth, and he says, listen, in my weakness, He is made strong. Why? Because when I’m weak, I always surrender to Him. Always give in to the Word, always stand on the Word. When you have too many bills and not enough money, you are giving in to Him and still paying your tithes. When your marriage seems to be broken and left shattered, you are going to hang on to it and believe for it. When you have cancer and not enough time according to the doctors, you are going to give in to the Word and keep believing, why? Because in your weakness, it’s made strong. Stay in joy.