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How To Endure

We've all been teased. We've all been made fun of for some quirky character trait or a physical flaw. We've all borne the brunt of a joke, but few of us have chosen mockery, willingly placing ourselves on the front lines ready to receive a barrage of verbal assaults. Jesus did. Jesus chose to endure the questioning of Pilot, the ridicule of the Jewish Council, and the rejecting crowd screaming, “Crucify him! Crucify Him!” Despite His power, Jesus allowed them to continue their insults knowing His death would soon follow.

The prophet Isaiah says “ [Jesus] was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain,” and "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:3, Isaiah 53:7).

Jesus swallowed the name-calling, the rejection, and the beatings for our sake. He bore this suffering and by doing so, demonstrated His love for us. His suffering led to our salvation. Christ's obedience placed Him in extremely uncomfortable places. Jesus was able to endure His circumstances because of His undeniable love for the Father and for us. We see Christ's undeniable love for us on the cross.

In our hardest times, we can endure hardship and ridicule because of Christ. He promises to be with us through our pain. And, when people see that we have hope in our pain, they will want what we have. We can show them what true love is by the way we respond to our suffering, and it will not be in vain.

Father, may You and Your work be undeniable in our lives.


  • How does Jesus' sacrifice on the cross change the way you live your life?
  • How does Jesus' perseverance give you hope to endure during tough times?
  • How can you show one person in your life the love of Jesus today?

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