Holding Shame Captive 

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Hebrews 12:2 “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Shame is something common to mankind. It is even a condition Jesus himself suffered from while he dwelt here many years ago. Jesus despised shame. He was against it, he hated it, yet thought little of it. He saw his shame in light of the cross and eternity. You and I suffer through many things each morning we wake. Shame is at the top of many of our lists. How might we endure? By seeing, like Jesus, shame in light of the cross and eternity.

Jesus founded and perfected faith. He endured shame knowing that he was putting and end to that evil condition brought upon our first parents (Adam and Eve) when they sinned. On the cross, he grabbed shame by the throat and held it captive till it wiggled no more. He endured all shame leading up to the cross knowing it was only temporary, and that he would put an end to it soon.

Shame is to have no lasting place in the life of the Christian. Jesus died to take the penalty of our sin. He died to destroy the shame brought upon us from the first moment we broke one of God’s perfect laws. When guilt comes to a party, he always brings along shame. The shame brought is only the shadow of the legacy felt in the years before we came to Christ by faith. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He makes intercession for us every time shame whispers in our ear that we are guilty. Keep your eyes on Jesus dear Christian. He founded, and will perfect your faith until the day he basks you in the radiance of his eternal glory in heaven!

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