There are some absurd moments in the Bible.
There is a peculiar verse tucked away in an often time overlooked book of the Bible. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time reading Hebrews because, I’ll admit it too, its full of hard to understand statements. Buried in the middle of the book is an absurd passage.
Read Hebrews 12:2-3 with me. “…who for the joy set before him [Jesus] 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 man, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Is Jesus crazy? Did you catch the absurdity of this verse?
It says that before Jesus ever went to the cross, he looked towards the crucifixion with joy.
That statement screams, “You have to be kidding me!”
The Romans cross was the most excruciating and humiliating way a person could die. It was reserved for the worst of criminals. It was so treacherous that women were for the most part exempt from ever being crucified. The man would be stripped naked, beaten, and forced to carry his cross through the streets as people mocked him. By the time he reached his hill of death, he would be nailed to the cross and lifted up for all to see, where he slowly suffocated and died.
Yep, that’s my definition of a “joy-filled” afternoon. A once in a lifetime experience.
Seriously, is there anyone out there who is saying, “sign me up, sounds like a great way to spend my weekend!”
Why would Jesus think such a thing? Where is the joy in the cross?
You. Me. Us. The Church.
We are the joy. As Jesus was looking towards the cross he saw the washing away of our sins and the freedom that he would bring to us – and it brought him joy. He saw the reconciling of his people to himself and the pain, suffering, humiliation and shame was only a means to an end.
Wildly unreasonable and illogical. Sounds like the definition of grace.
What else is “absurd” about Jesus?