STRATEGIES OF JESUS TO SUBDUE PAIN
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb12:2
Through this passage, Jesus reveals to us the secret of how He subdued the power of pain. Let us look at the strategies Jesus used to overcome the power of pain over Himself in this scripture.
1. JESUS ENDURED THE CROSS.
The cross in this case was Jesus’ source of pain. His response was not to be afraid of it, not to panic before it, but to endure it. This shows us the very first attitude we should have towards pain – Endurance.
When you know that it is possible to endure, then psychologically you have an edge. When you are assured that you can endure pain, it gives you a “can-do” attitude. The first thing you should do whenever you encounter pain is to be determined to endure and endure through indeed.
“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” ― William Barclay
2. FOCUS ON THE END RESULT.
The next strategy Jesus applied to defeat pain was to focus on the end result. There is always an end result at the end of everything, even pain. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. No matter what the end result of your situation might be, even if it is as bad as death, you could focus on the reward that death will give you at the end of the day. In Jesus’ case, his pain resulted in death. But in death, Jesus saw a reward – Joy.
That joy became his focus. We too should find a positive consequence of our pain and fix our gaze on it. Thinking less about the pain of the present.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”― Lance Armstrong
3. HE DESPISED THE SHAME.
Jesus neglected the pressure of shame. He did not allow himself to come under it. Some of the greatest pain in the world come from shame. One of the greatest ways to overcome it is to neglect it. Jesus knew this secret. He did not simply neglect it, he actually despised it. If you could ignore or despise pain, their effects on you will be grossly limited.
“Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” ― Brené Brown
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja