“who for the joy set before him endured the cross…” Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, kept “the joy set before him” as he faced the cross. The joy ahead focuses and motivates Jesus even in the midst of great trouble and anguish. What is the “joy before him”? How does a “joy ahead” focus and motivate you? What implications does this have for ministry? We fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith so that we will not grow weary and lose heart. Amen.