According to Hebrews 11 the “Ancients” were commended for their faith of being sure of what they hoped for and certain of what they did not see. “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”

I pray that this will be said of me and each of you.

There have been those before us who were tortured, some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two, they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.

In light of this, examine your hearts this “good Friday” and remove everything that hinders and the sin that traps you. Run with perseverance! Fix your eyes on Jesus! For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider this day, Him who endured such opposition from sinners, So that you will not grow weary and lose heart!

He took our sins and our sorrow, and made them his very own, he bore the burden to Calvary, and suffered and died alone. Then sings my soul my savior God to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art! How marvelous, how wonderful, is our Saviors love for us!