Jesus Scorned Our Shame on the Cross
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
What does Hebrews 12:2 mean when it says, Jesus scorned the shame of the cross?
Crucifixion was the most shameful means of execution used by the Roman Empire, and it was seen by the Jews as the most shameful way to die at that time because those whose executions were displayed publicly were seen as being cursed by God.
Our Savior was crucified in this shameful way. But Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus scorned the shame of the cross.
This means that Jesus, having taken on all our shame, looked at that shame and said:
“For the joy set before me, you mean nothing to me. You have no power over me! The joy set before me, that is my peace and my hope!”
Jesus took our shame.
Jesus took our shame upon His shoulders and said:
“Shame, I will throw you off of me and replace you with a royal robe. You are a fool, shame, and you will never have power over me or those my father has given me, for this is my sacred suffering and it will save them. You shame, in your filthiness, have done nothing but fulfill holy prophecy. It is finished!”
As scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
We must not hold onto shame.
“It is finished.”
Do we dare challenge God’s word when He says we will not be put to shame?
Friend, we do not have a responsibility to keep our shame. Even more important, we do not have a right to keep our shame.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
Friend, when we hold onto our shame, we call Jesus a liar.
What God desires is that we believe Him when He says He has taken our shame from us so that we can focus only on the joy set before us, with Him.
Will you allow the Lord to replace your shame with His truth?