Dear Friends,As we face another and possibly more severe lockdown here in Germany due to the pandemic, I thought of the phrase, “who for the joy set before him endured the cross.” This phrase is imbedded in a grand theme of endurance stretching from the saints of old all the way to the glorification of Christ.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of Witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow wear and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
Who could have known the race of endurance that had been marked out for us even a year ago. It is indeed tempting to lose heart. The writer’s admonishment is to continuing running with joy (!) as we steadily gaze into the face of Christ.
As we take another deep breath and start the next lap, we are grateful for God’s reminder to us of the work that he has authored and perfected through the ministry in Germany, that we have been privileged to be a part of the last 30 years. Take a look and listen to the interview with a cherished colleague, Sasha Ritzenhof. Here's the link.
We wish you the persevering hope and joy of our crucified and risen Savior for the race yet to come.
Jason and Sue