Matthew 20: 17-19
Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
The Son of Man, who is Jesus, sets the example for us, that under any sufferings that we go through, we should not dwell on the afflictions or sufferings. Only That we should thrive in faith that His glory will be revealed. That God has a purpose for all the afflictions that we go through. Jesus did not become overwhelmed or terrified by the revelation of His sufferings that He was to endure. The Son of man, placed His Trust in God. Kept His focus on the third day. He Strived to Rise!
We should look at the things that are not seen, and keep our focus on the things that are eternal. For if we focus on the eternal things, this will enable us to call the present afflictions, nothing.
Keep focused, strive to rise!
God we know that you hold the plans for our future. That you have good things in store for us. Help us, Lord to Strive to Rise! For we know that You have thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us a future and of hope. That your grace abounds in us, and your word encourages us, keep our hearts focused, the we should not grow weary, In Jesus Name.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope
Acts 11:23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord