The End is all that Matters

Posted by Jim Wiebelhaus on

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.  – Hebrews 12:2 NLT

I remember visiting the Alamo in Texas many years ago. Being there helped me put myself in the shoes of the men who fought. One of these men was James Bonham, a young lawyer from South Carolina. He had only been in Texas three months, but his convictions about freedom moved him to fight alongside these Texans. It was 150 men in a tiny mission against Santa Anna’s 2,000 plus men.

James Bonham broke through the enemy lines to sound the call to arms and bring troops to the rescue. No commitment was given. One colonel said he would think it over. With very slim hope that any help would come, James Bonham again rode through enemy lines. Only this time it was back into the tiny mission where he knew he would fight his last fight. Each of these men chose to stay and fight to the last man rather than to escape by night to fight another day.

When we keep our eyes on the end we are more sure we are making decisions by faith and not by the current sway of public or even church opinions. The devil tempted Jesus with visions of grandeur without the pain of the cross. Jesus sweated drops of blood in His agonizing prayer that the Father might take this cup of suffering away from Him.

Yet Jesus kept His mind on the end. He knew the joy in the end would far outweigh the temporary pain of the cross. Be sure to make your decisions with your eye on Jesus and how He finished the race.

Submitted by:
Jim Wiebelhaus
Candlewood Community Church
Lincoln, Nebraska

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23

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