Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews12:2 (ASV)
I appreciate the wording in the American Standard Version as it describes Jesus as the “author” of our faith. It is so phenomenal to think that He writes our story. Sometimes the plot is thick and the characters are unsavory. The setting may be favourable while the conflict rages behind the scenes. And always the antithesis, creating a juxtaposition between good and evil.
The second term describing Jesus in Hebrews 2 verse 2 is a “perfector” of our faith. To know that Jesus is making our faith perfect and complete is a comforting thought. Dictionaries are unfamiliar with the term “perfector” except, of course, that excludes Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. That was always my go to until lately some of her pronouns I am not too fond of. The term “perfector” means “a person who completes or makes something perfect.” Only Jesus could do that in my life and in yours. But He can and He perfects our lives as we allow Him to mold us into His image. He increasingly develops us as we grow in Him. And sometimes the plot needs to become thick and the characters like coarse sand to refine us. But in the end, as the pages and chapters turn in our lives, Jesus, our perfector, makes it more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. That does not mean problem free, or without hardships or trials. These are the tools God uses to refine us. Our sanctification leads to the perfect day when we shall be in heaven totally glorified with the Author of our Faith. That is the day we will truly be perfect. Until then, we are a work in progress, like a good novel under the scrutiny of the best editor in the world, and written by “The World Times” best Author ever.
As we look further into verse two, we read about Jesus enduring “the cross” and “despising the shame” of the cross for you and I. Because Jesus took the brunt of our shame, our sin, and the wrath of God, we now can come before God with our Mediator Jesus, perfecting the way.
We draw comfort knowing that Jesus sits at God’s right hand in heaven, directing our lives as we turn to Him in repentance and faith. What a story we all will have written by this Jesus. He makes our lives worthwhile, and He redeems us for His own. If your story is a metaphor of a meaninglessness, turn to Jesus. Ask the Lord Jesus to write your story and to direct your story and to perfect your story.
If you think it is impossible to create a beautiful message out of your life’s mess, then turn to Jesus and ask Him to do it. He died on the cross; He took our shame and sin and carried it to the pit of hell. Jesus can and will redeem and make your life worthwhile and new. He will wash your sin away with His blood if you humble yourself and ask Him to do it. The beauty of a story surrendered to Jesus is that He can make the vilest person clean. Jesus is not one who plays favourites. If He can do it for me, He can do it for you, but you must humble yourself and see your need for Him. I gently encourage you today to ask Him to make your story beautiful. He can and He will if you let Him, if you ask Him, if you give your life to Him.
Who do you look for to direct your life?
My eyes are on Jesus to continue to write my story. So far, there have been many twists and turns. In fact, on this day thirty- five years ago, I became a first time mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed baby boy. That chapter in my life, being a momma, has been a glorious one. I often pray for God to write a beautiful story for each of our children and grandchildren, and truly He has, but not without some imperfections, of course. Sometimes though the plot has been nerve- wracking, the storylines have been unexpected, but always, always the ending will bring me home to the Author, to Jesus.
What has your story been like? Are you being perfected, changed, and molded in all those rough places by the one and only Jesus? Is your sin upon the shoulders of the one who would gladly remove your shame? Do you need His refining touch to pave the way to a better story? Ask Him to take the pen out of your hand today, ask Him to write your story, and say along with me, “the best is yet to come.”
As Good Friday draws near, we can show our gratitude to Jesus for writing our story with His story paving the way for our eternity with Him if and only as we bow the knee and humble ourselves to the gracious one who carried our shame, our sorrows, our sin. JESUS. The author, the perfector, the incredible and beautiful Saviour of our souls.
IT IS FINISHED.