“3 Consider Him [Jesus] who endured such opposition from sinners so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:3-6 NIV)
How many times have you been in trouble as a kid? I know, personally speaking, a lot. It ranged from small things like spilling my kool-aid to bigger things like shooting my sister with my then new BB gun. Most usually the discipline was the same, and I didn’t like it. Then again, who would? The point is that I did deserve the punishment because I usually did do the crime. Here we read about Jesus’ struggles and the opposition that came His way from sinners. First, let us look at where Jesus came from. John gives us the best description, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2 ESV). No that is not a typo because as Scripture tells us the Word was God.
Back to the point here, Jesus left His heavenly home to be born as a child to Mary. To grow up in a small town the son of a carpenter. He later sacrificed himself for us, sinners (Romans 5:8). We can never understand the suffering that Christ endured so that we may not grow weary and we will be able to endure against our own struggles with sin. We have this struggle, yes, even me. Upon accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, He will lighten our load.
Discipline may have hurt at the moment it happens and may have upset you and made you mad but it was for a reason. As a father myself now, I can say that I understand. We don’t want our kids to make the same mistakes as we did. God is no different! He does not do it to hurt us, he does it so we can grow. We want to learn better how to please Him so we open our Bibles and we study His word. Being a Christian is not easy, we are held to higher standards, and more is expected out of us.
God’s discipline is no different than our parent’s discipline for us. There is a reason behind it; to make us stronger so we can build endurance to run the race ahead of us and reach our goal. Heaven!
The Koontz Family