He endured the shame so I am not ashamed of the gospel

In Romans 1:16 in the Amplified Bible we find the Verse of the Day for July 17, 2017:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation [from His wrath and punishment] to everyone who believes [in Christ as Savior], to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

The New Living Testament put it this way:

Romans 1:16 (NLT):

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile

Hebrews 12:1-2 reminds believers that because of the Lord Jesus Christ and all that he endured on our behalf, as believers we are encouraged when we recall the shame that he experienced::

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

When we turn our eyes upon Jesus Christ, we recognize all that he endured when he was made a curse, as he endured the cross, despising the shame and humiliation associated with such a disgraceful and shameful act, his crucifixion. Although Christ overcame death on the cross by means of his resurrection from the dead, we cannot forget that the cross was a critical component of the Gospel message: a stumbling-block to the Jews and utter foolishness to the Greeks. (1 Corinthians 1:23).

Other places in the New Testament also make reference to “not being ashamed of the Gospel.” Note this exhortation from Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:8 (NKJV):

[Not Ashamed of the Gospel] Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,

Paul goes on to say this in 2 Timothy 1:12 in the New Living Translation:

12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.

Because the Lord willingly bore our sin and iniquity on the cross, he released us from the bondage of guilt and shame for past failures. Because Jesus Christ was not ashamed of us, we need never be ashamed of the gospel of the good news he declared to the world. Lyrics from the song “I am not ashamed of the Gospel” reinforce the message of the Verse of the Day, recorded here by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:

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