“Tell me how it ends,” I beg when my sister recommends a movie. I crave a satisfying conclusion even for fictional characters. In real life I long for a happy ending, too.

Do you ever wonder why Jesus chose the unhappy losses and limits of being truly human? He experienced what it was like to be hungry, tired and dirty. He felt his own brothers’ dismissal. He was hated by many, some of whom conspired to have him arrested on false charges. Because of people’s hatred and fear, Jesus endured public humiliation along with verbal and emotional abuse, physical beatings and torture, and ultimately the shame and agony of being nailed to a cross. He took not only the physical cruelty, but also the crushing spiritual weight of our sins in His own body as he hung dying on the cross.

Voluntarily, he chose no intervention strategy, no delay tactic, no vanishing act. He chose to do only what the Father wanted. Why?

The writer of the Hebrews passage explains — it was "for the joy set before Him.” Here’s the thing. Jesus knew what to expect. It would all end with everlasting joy when He returned to the indescribable beauty of His heavenly home to be with God the Father forever.

How does it end for the believer? A joy that we can’t imagine awaits. God will be right there ― everlasting, dependable, and true. Life will be free of pain and tears. A rested immortal body. Restored relationships. Now that’s a happy ending!

Lord Jesus, I long for the perfect ending, but I’m so often distracted from the joy you have for me. Then I lose heart. May I humbly ask You to help me turn my attention to the joy ahead which you have prepared and planned for me. Amen.

Go deeper – Dwell on Jesus’ trustworthy promise in John 14:1-3 - “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

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