Just think of Him (YAHSHUA) Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds. You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your blood (Heb. 12: 3-4). “Just think of Him” is a phrase that demands the action of losing focus of one self: our sufferings, disappointments, failures, because there is Someone Who suffered worse than we have, no matter how intense and difficult our sufferings are. He is our Savior and Lord, YAHSHUA. The letter to the Hebrews opens our understanding when He compares our sufferings to that of YAHSHUA. His sufferings were to keep us from losing heart and fainting in our mind in our own sufferings. The extent of His sufferings was to the point of having His blood being poured out. No one will ever be able to go through what He suffered, for He not did not suffered and carried the weight of the pains of a few, but of the entire world. Paul in his letter to Timothy said, Constantly keep in mind YAHSHUA the Messiah. (II Tim. 2: 8) He is our source of strength and He is our example. He went before us caring the weight of our sins; He crucified them on the cross, and while His blood was being poured out, He gave us His life. Constantly keeping in mind the Lord YAHSHUA is a way to keep focus on His suffering and to put in perspective our responsibility to Him. We suffer many times because of sin; sins bring consequences soon or later as Paul said, Do not be deceived; God will not allow Himself to be sneered. For whatever a man sows that and that only is what he will reap (Gal. 6:7). Sometimes it is necessary for God to take us on a trip to Calvary through sufferings in order to witness the extent of the suffering of His Son, so we can understand our position in suffering with Him as His children.
(Leviticus 17:11, 14; Romans 3:24-26)
Blood is a fluid connective tissue. It brings life to every living cell. In its amazing functions and complexities of details we are amazed at God’s wisdom! He created the blood’s means of transportation called the circulatory system. Through it the blood transports nutrients to the cells, oxygen to the lungs, removes carbon dioxide from it; it transports waste to the liver and kidneys, it fights diseases, it regulates body temperature; at the sight of injury, it applies the process of blood clotting, called blood platelet. It is amazing how it supposedly rescues us from bleeding to death! The blood is composed of 55% plasma- (the liquid part of the blood), white blood cells, which protects the body from pathogens, and platelet – the blood clotting process. It is composed of 45% of red blood cells- the most numerous living cells in the body. It carries oxygen molecules to individual cells where it is needed. The blood is a true wonder of God’s creation; a true wonder of God’s wisdom. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable are His judgments! And how untraceable are His ways! (Rom. 11:33)
As YAHSHUA went into Capernaum, a centurion came up to Him, begging Him, and saying, Lord, my servant boy is lying at the house paralyzed and distressed with intense pains. And YAHSHUA said to him, I will come and restore him. But the centurion replied to Him, Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured, for I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, Go and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this and he does it. When YAHSHUA heard him, He marveled and said to those who followed Him, I tell you truly, I have not found so much faith as this with anyone, even in Israel… Then to the centurion YAHSHUA said, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment (Matt. 8:5-10,13). A centurion was a man of great distinction by their courage and skill in battle. They were captains over 100 soldiers. A centurion started as a soldier working his way up the ranks. Their good conduct and truthfulness were in general the causes for their promotion to the command of a centurion.
The last seven sentences uttered by our Lord before His death were with purpose and meaning. As He was carrying the sins, diseases, guilt of mankind while in the cross, and being cursed for us, He expressed forgiveness, salvation, and love for the world. These were in relationship to men. He expressed anguish of separation from His Father, His physical need, the completion of His ordeal, and finally commended His Spirit to the Father. These last four were in relationship to Himself.