A Story of Triumphant Courage

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. 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.”

– Hebrews 12:2

One of the most famous stories of Jesus’ life is when He entered Jerusalem knowing that He would be killed. This narrative is found in all four Gospels and is called the triumphal entry. The triumphal entry is a tale of courage about the Lord who was aware He would die, but did it, as scripture says, for the joy set before Him. Although He knew that He would suffer the worst possible kind of death, He also understood that through it, the salvation of mankind would be accomplished, and that made it all worthwhile. Jesus entered Jerusalem exerting a will to live, a will to life, and a will to be courageous. 

Not long before this, Jesus was on His way to Bethany, and the disciples encouraged Him not to go, since they were afraid He would die in Jerusalem. One of them was Thomas, who is famously known today as “Doubting Thomas.” When he saw his brothers and sisters in arms, he said to them, “Hey, if He’s going to die, let’s die with Him.” Though he doesn’t often get credit for saying this and is known for his doubt more than his faith, his statement is the epitome of a willingness to do something that, though difficult, was selfless and could have led him to an even greater eternal life. 

Friend, Jesus modeled a triumphant courage that we can strive to emulate. Though He knew there would be suffering, His primary focus was the joy that was to come as a result of His sacrifice. And though Thomas is known for questioning, He was willing to die for the sake of His Lord. Likewise, you and I can be brave in doing our best, accomplishing our assignments, and facing what’s uncomfortable. Even if it means we must suffer or deal with uncertainty, we can do it with the knowledge that fulfilling our call will bring joy, hope, and love to those around us. 


Father, help me to be courageous in my assignments.


What joy might you experience from facing difficult assignments or callings?

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One Response

  1. Every day i have an opportunity to follow Jesus triumphantly. It’s not always easy for me, but the peace I feel is beyond understanding. Thanks Bobby for the encouragement.

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