“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 the throne of God.” —Hebrews 12:2
The incarnation is that glorious truth of God becoming a man, living a perfect, sinless, righteous life, enduring unspeakable torture at the hands of sinful men, enduring unspeakable punishment through the wrath of God’s exacting justice, submitting to death itself, rising again the third day, appearing before a multitude of witnesses, ascending to the right hand of God, ruling and reigning in the hearts of men by His Spirit, and sealing their redemption until the return of Jesus Christ in that glorious day.
Jesus Christ despised the shame. He despised the shame of the fallen condition of mankind; that men, made in His image and after His likeness, would so mar the majesty of that image with adulterous evil and wicked rebellion; and He despised it so utterly that the Eternal Son became a man of flesh and blood and bone to live the life sinful man could not possibly live before Jehovah, and pay the debt He did not owe for a penalty sinful man could not possibly pay due to God. Christ Jesus was a willing sacrifice, laying down His life for His sheep, despising the shame of sin and the shame of death. This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him.
Jesus Christ despised the shame. He despised the shame of the cross; that men, made after His likeness, in their wicked rebellion and bloodthirsty hatred, would plot to destroy Him, and ultimately murder Him; One who was meek, innocent, spotless, sinless, and undefiled; and men, who in hypocrisy claimed to worship God, disfigured the form of God’s only begotten Son so that the Suffering Servant could not be recognized as even human; Jesus endured such treachery for the joy that was set before Him: the glory of God the Father— a glory such as the world had not yet seen, neither could imagine except the Triune God reveal it visibly on the rocks of Golgotha, verbally on the Rock of the Gospel Truth, and personally to individual souls through the revelation of propitiation in the Rock of Salvation, Jesus Christ the Righteous. This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him.
Jesus Christ despised the shame. He despised the shame of unbelief; that although God pronounced His coming in the Garden of Eden; although God’s prophets declared Him openly and wrote of Him consistently; although He fulfilled the Scriptures both actively and passively; and although He suffered the scourge of mankind’s hatred, the wrath of God’s justice, and the pains of death for a season, men would not believe: obstinate men would reject Him, pliable men would not recognize Him, worldly, wise men would snub Him, covetous men would malign Him, selfish men would accuse Him, ignorant men would mock Him, and religious men would defy Him through lip service springing forth from their cold, dead hearts. Yet, for the joy that was set before Him: that in that glorious day “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.