Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
As hard as David’s circumstances were, they do not compare to the pain and troubles the true and better David experienced on the cross. Jesus lived through unimaginable hardship so that in our suffering we have someone who identifies with us and can intercede for us. Our struggles are but a dim shadow of what Jesus endured.
Jesus endured the pain and suffering we should have endured for our sins (2 Cor. 5:21). This tells us that God has not abandoned us and that He personally understands the afflictions we face, because He endured them on our behalf. Though our suffering may not be directly tied to our own sin, it is always tied to sin in some way—the sins of others or the reality of living in a world broken by sin. We can know that God hasn’t abandoned us when we suffer because Jesus endured the cross for us so that He might bring us to God (see 1 Pet. 3:18).
- How did David’s experience foreshadow Jesus’ experience at Calvary (see Mark 15:15-41)? Make a short list.
- How can we know that God has not abandoned us when we face affliction?
- Thank Jesus for going before you and taking all your suffering upon Himself.