“So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way in His turn.” (John 5:19)
“For the Lord God helps Me; therefore have I not been ashamed or confounded. Therefore have I set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7)
“Looking away from all that will distract, to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity]. He, for the joy of obtaining the prize, that was set before Him, endured the Cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
“Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3)
When Jesus walked the earth in His ministry, He only did what the Father told Him to do. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit had a plan to buy back mankind from destruction. This plan all hinged on Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man. It was crucial that He walk a perfect, sinless life to qualify for the resurrection. If He made one mistake in word or though or in deed–game over. Everyone would be lost forever. Because He followed the Father so closely and did exactly what He said and did, He was able to qualify to be raised from the dead. To be the first-born of the dead.
Because Jesus knew His purpose, His mind was made up, He “set His face like a flint.” He kept His eyes on His Father and looked beyond the now and into the joy of eternity. An eternity He purchased for you and me! Yes, He saw you and me there and we inspired Him to despise the pain and shame. We inspired Him to stay on that Cross and not call for legions of angels to rescue Him.
When we encounter rough times in our lives. Times where the people and the things in your life that you thought were stable, suddenly seem to be like shifting sand. When your whole world is turned upside down. Remember your purpose. Why are you following Jesus? Keep your eyes on Him and do what He tells you to do and you will come out stronger on the other side…just like He did! He’s sitting at the right hand of the Father, waiting for HIs enemies to become His footstool!
Keep walking your walk before Him and don’t let what others do or say move you from the path set before you. With this mindset, it is possible to endure all things for Jesus’ sake.