~ Chapter 3 ~
The Disciple’s Target Is Identified
“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” (Hebrews 12:2). What courage. What Divine stamina. How did Jesus maintain such a “joy” while going to the cross? His joy provided Him with strength (Nehemiah 8:10), a strength that God alone can supply (Isaiah 40:29), a strength that we possess through Christ (Philippians 4:13). Jesus endured shame and crucifixion because there was value in its path, and that value was redemption for you and me. Salvation came! Eternal life was and still is free to all!
Christ referred to this targeted pathway as “His hour” that was set before Him. Jesus’ very purpose for coming to earth (John 1:14) was for this “hour” of trial (John 12:27). It is a figurative “hour,” meaning a time of testing, not a chronological sixty-minute period. His hour was constantly set before Him (John 2:4; 7:30; 8:20), like a target He was aiming for. Then, one day, during the Passover, Jesus knew that His “hour,” His time of crucifixion, had finally arrived (John 13:1; 17:1). His bull’s eye was the cross, on which His sacrificial love poured down. No more miracles. No more multitudes. No more sermons. It was time to die for your sins. His hour had come.
As Christ’s disciple, you are to “look unto Jesus” just as He looked unto His Father (John 5: 19-20). As Christ was only focused on what His Father directed Him to, so you also must only focus on what Christ has pointed you to. What is your target? What is your bull’s eye? The Lord Jesus Christ distinctly guides your aim in this direction: loving children, serving people, evangelizing unbelievers. Loving. Serving. Witnessing. This is your target! This is your aim! From the social arena of your daily life, you will have no other goal in your effort of reaching people for Jesus. Treat the following commands as what you are created for in Christ. Your target is identified. Aim, release, and glorify the name of Almighty God.