Rejoice to Endure EGP Blog post from October 6, 2012

The Greek word translated “hail” is the same word that’s translated as “rejoice.” While it wasn’t uncommon to use it as a greeting, it does make some verses very sobering.

For example, Judas led a mob to Jesus, then said, “Rejoice, Rabbi!” … and betrayed Him over to them with a kiss. Also, shortly after being scourged, the Roman soldiers crowned Jesus with thorns, gave Him a reed as scepter, put a robe on His open wounds, mockingly knelt down before Him, said, “Rejoice, King of the Jews!” … then continued to abuse Him and crucify Him.

Hebrews 12:2–4 (NASB)

[2] fixing° our eyes on Jesus, the author° and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and° lose heart. [4] You have not yet resisted to° the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;

Hebrews 12:2a Lit looking to
Hebrews 12:2b Or leader
Hebrews 12:3 Lit fainting in your souls
Hebrews 12:4 Lit as far as blood

Key verses

Matthew 26:49; John 19:2–3; Philippians 2:17–18