How did He go to the cross? Was it willpower that got him there? That was part of it but it was more than that. The Bible tells us Jesus was willing and able to go to the cross because of the joy that was set before him.
How does a woman bear the labor pains of childbirth? When she’s done, she’s holding her baby. Isaiah 53 says, it is the joy and satisfaction of “justifying many” that will make the pain worth it for Jesus. That joy, knowing he would be satisfied with the result of his labor on the cross, allowed him to endure to the end.
Isaiah 53 adds another important aspect of Jesus’ work – the mindset he carried. “He shall see (of) the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53: 11 KJV) Jesus carried himself as a righteous servant.
This is the description the Apostle Paul calls us to have along with Jesus in Philippians 2: 5 – 8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who,being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
The joy, the exaltation, being seated at the right hand of the Father is coming but the mindset that begins and ends the journey is the mindset of a servant.
Yes, how did Jesus do it? How did he accomplish all that he did for us on the cross? He kept the joy set before him, the knowledge and satisfaction that he would justify many. He kept the mindset of a servant, and finally, Jesus didn’t get stuck on the shameful things that were happening to him. Hebrews 12: 2 says, Jesus did not regard the shame.
They stripped him of his rights and gave him a mock trial. They blindfolded him. Cursing him, they asked him to prophesy and say who was hitting him. They took his robe away and cast lots for it. Yet, he did not demand his rights. He did not hang his attention on their insults or accusations; he hung on the cross. Naked and exposed, Jesus paid attention to the thief and remembered him. Jesus forgave his enemies. Jesus paid attention to his mother and entrusted her into another’s care. Jesus didn’t get hung up on anything but the cross.
We live in a Facebook world where we are deluged with regarding the shame and the things others do to us. We constantly exert our rights and how we should be served and then we wonder why there is not more joy and satisfaction in our living. Perhaps, we are being called to follow Jesus and see how he did things, and then act accordingly.