Two Sides of the Cross
"There are usually two sides to
everything. The cross has two: a crucifixion side and a resurrection
side. And Jesus had to endure one side to get to the other. But if He
hadn’t endured, then we'd all still be left without a Savior and no
forgiveness of our sins."
"Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus,
for the joy of obtaining the prize on the other side of the cross—the
resurrection—endured the pain. Like Jesus, we have to endure bad things.
To endure means to outlast the devil; to be steadfast long enough to
let the trial do whatever it's going to do in our lives and get from
one side of the cross to the other."