Rejoice to EndureEGP 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