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06-01 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 1 Article One: "Of the Scriptures"
06-02 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 2 Article Two: "Of the True God"
06-03 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 3 Article Three: "Of the holy Spirit"
06-04 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 4 Article Four: "Of the atonement for sin . . ."
06-05 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 5 Article XIII: "Of the church . . ."
06-06 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 6 Article XIV: "Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper . . ."
06-07 Fundamentalist Baptist Doctrine, Part 7 Article XIV: "Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper . . ."
06-08 Not Far Away
06-09 Maintaining a Testimony
06-10 "Even in Dying"
06-11 Things God Especially Loves, Part 1 Humility
06-12 Things God Especially Loves, Part 2 Sincerity
06-13 Things God Especially Loves, Part 3 Helping Hands
06-14 Things God Especially Loves, Part 4 The Mind of Christ
06-15 Things God Especially Loves, Part 5 Running toward Righteousness
06-16 Things God Especially Loves, Part 6 Owning Your Own Heart
06-17 Things God Especially Loves, Part 7 Being a Peace Maker
06-18 "The Joy Set Before Him"
06-19 "And Because of This . . ."
06-20 Fulness of Joy
06-21 Name It and Claim It Religion
06-22 Promises of God: The Restoration of Israel
06-23 The Way
06-24 Forgetting What Is Behind
06-25 Nobody Takes Your Best
06-26 True Greatness
06-27 The Day of the Lord: The Day of Rest
06-28 "Being Like the Most High"
06-29 The Amazing Truth
06-30 Prisoners

Thought for the Morning

"The Joy Set Before Him"

"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 is set down at the right hand of God."
Hebrews 12:2

The "joy that was set before" Jesus was not his salvation but ours. Jesus told Peter, when Judas had led the mob into the garden of Gethsemene to arrest him, that he could cry out to his Father and "more than twelve legions of angels" would come to rescue him.

So, Jesus endured the cross not to save himself; he could have returned home at any time. Rather, he endured the cross for the joy of having us where he is. In his mind, he pictured us being with him in the presence of the Father, and that hope was so precious to him that it made Jesus willing to endure the cross and "despise the shame".