Heaven was not foreign to Jesus. He knew heaven before he came to earth. He knew what awaited him upon his return. And knowing what awaited him in heaven enabled him to bear the shame on the earth. I understand where Jesus found his strength. He lifted his eyes beyond the horizon, and he saw the table. He focused on the feast. He saw what gave him strength to finish—and finish strong.
Such a moment awaits us. We’ll take our place at the table. In an hour that has no end, we will rest. Surrounded by saints and engulfed by Jesus himself, the work will, indeed, be finished. We will be seated, and Christ will christen the meal with these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). And in that moment, the race will have been worth it.