Sermon Text: Hebrews 12:1–2

Scriptures Referenced: Matt 26:67; 27:30; Mark 10:33–34; 14:65; 15:19, Matt 26:67; 27:30; Mark 14:65; 15:19, Matt 27:28, Matt 27:28–29, 31, 41–43; Mark 15:18–20, 31; Luke 23:11, 35–37; John 19:2–3, 5, Matt 27:44; Mark 15:32, 36, Deut 21:23; Gal 3:13, Heb 13:11-13, Colossians 2:13–15, Zechariah 3:1-5, Hebrews 13:13–14,  Peter 4:13, 


1. How did Jesus view shame?
2. Why did Jesus despise shame?
3. How does God’s acceptance effect how you deal with shame?


When He took the sins of the whole world upon Himself, Christ was no longer an innocent person. He was a sinner burdened with the sins of a Paul who was a blasphemer; burdened with the sins of a Peter who denied Christ; burdened with the sins of a David who committed adultery and murder, and gave the heathen occasion to laugh at the Lord. In short, Christ was charged with the sins of all men, that He should pay for them with His own blood. The curse struck Him. The Law found Him among sinners. He was not only in the company of sinners. He had gone so far as to invest Himself with the flesh and blood of sinners. So the Law judged and hanged Him for a sinner.
— Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
God is a God of irony. He chose for his son to be born into shame, live his life in shame, and then die in the most shameful manner. Shame is evil’s greatest weapon against God. But God takes the weapon of evil and uses it to mock and then destroy evil.
— Allender and Longman, Cry of the Soul
Jesus always interpreted hardship in light of the end of the story, and at the end of the story we will be without shame
— Welch, 288
Jesus was abandoned so you could be adopted; defiled so you could be made clean; rejected so that you could be accepted.
That is true now and it is the end of the story: You are not alone. You are clean. You are accepted. There is joy and glory before you - Christian, that is the end of the story.
— Pastor Nick



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