Day 4 - God sets the stage. How Jesus viewed it.

Hebrews 12:2 - keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Several of my SSBN patrols, (missile boat runs), were from American home ports. As

we embarked, the wives of the married guys would all be waving and crying as they sent

us off on the pier. I don’t think anyone wanted to go on the three month patrol cycle, but

we all knew what we were doing was necessary for keeping our country and our

families safe. No pain or danger was too great to face compared to seeing their smiles

at our safe return. Love is like that.

Interesting, isn’t it? That for Jesus it was a joy to come at Christmas, knowing He would

suffer and die to restore us to His side.