Once again I tell my favourite story of the day my father's village was liberated, of handsome Canadian soldiers, and joyful freedom dancing in the streets. I want my kids to know. It's their story. I want them to pass it on to their kids. They need to know that at one time their ancestors were captives and that others paid the ultimate sacrifice to bring freedom. The life they enjoy today was purchased at great cost by others.
The story segues easily into the ultimate liberation story. We who were once captives have had our freedom purchased by One who lived in perfect glory but willingly gave up paradise to live among us and ultimately die so that we can live.
He did so willing. "Because of the joy awaiting Him."
I used to think this "joy awaiting" was the privilege of being seated at the right hand of the Father. But He'd already been with the Father. He didn't need to endure the cross to gain that.
I think the joy awaiting Him was the joy of seeing you and I set free! His death on the cross purchased healing for the broken hearted...liberty for captives...prisoners set free...joy for those who mourn...beauty for ashes...
Anticipation of all that redemption was enough to make him "disregard the shame of the cross." It was nothing to Him in comparison to the joy of seeing you and I set free from the chains that bind us.
He loves you so much! He wants to you be free from anxiety, shame, the weariness of carrying overwhelming burdens. He is your joyful liberator. Your freedom is worth everything to Him...so much that a hideous death was nothing in comparison.
Reach for it. Receive it. Savour the freedom. Worship.
But now, by giving himself completely at the cross,
actually dying for you,
Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together,
whole and holy in his presence.
Colossians 1:22 MSG
Hebrews 12:2; Isaiah 61:1-3