“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, 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
Jesus has made the Way for us to be reconciled with God. He came to earth as a baby like one of us…He taught us how to live and then He suffered and died to take the punishment we deserve. Yet that is not the end of His story…He lives! We can have Joy because He lives.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:1-2 NIV
(This photo was taken in October of 2018 at a park in Winterset, Iowa)