3 WAYS JESUS OVERCAME THE POWER OF 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.
4. LOOK UNTO JESUS
That scripture in Heb. 12.2 starts with a quote “looking unto Jesus” in our own position today, we have a better advantage. While encountering pain, we could just fix our eyes on our Lord and Savior Himself. He then becomes our relief, comfort and our healing.
“Our dependence on God ought to be so entire and absolute that we should never think it’s necessary, in any kind of distress to have recourse to human consolation.”― Thomas a Kempis
5. KNOW HE IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.
When you know everything has a beginning and an end, it is easier to cope with your situation of pain. Knowing God as your Alpha and Omega, your beginning and the end, would help you to know that your situation will not last forever. It would end one day. That thought on its own, is comforting enough to reduce the damaging effect on you.
“The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done.”―C. S. Lewis
6. SEE YOURSELF AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER
The Bible says that we are seated with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places. Seeing yourself this way will greatly help you to overcome the power of pain.
So can pain be overcome? Apparently yes! Jesus did it, the disciples did it and Paul did it. So we too can by our faith subdue the power of pain.
The main lesson we can learn from the scripture above is that focus is about the most important thing in overcoming pain. Jesus refused to focus on the pain of the nails. He refused to focus on the shame of nakedness. He refused to also focus on the consequences of his death especially to his immediate family. He didn’t focus his thoughts on how his mother, his siblings and others will cope without him.
“Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” ― Ralph Marston
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja