“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.’”
(Hebrews 2:10 NIV)
Jesus was the perfect pioneer, sent by God to suffer for us, help in our failing humanity, and lead us from ashes to glory.
My husband is an avid reader of pioneers who brought much-needed change into American society. One of his favorite biographies is Booker Taliaferro Washington, who was born in 1856 to a black, slave woman and white man from a nearby Virginia plantation. Mr. Washington was an educator, author, orator, and advisor to multiple US Presidents. He died in Alabama in 1915.
Booker T. Washington promoted the success of African Americans through education and entrepreneurship. He founded Tuskegee Institute/University in 1881 to prepare teachers in farming and trades skills for service in schools and colleges across the South. His students built institutions from the ground up.
Like Jesus, Mr. Washington had a lowly birth and was hated by peers and those who misunderstood him. Like Jesus, he passionately paved the way for his followers, leading them with hope and courage into new opportunities.
No one can be compared to Jesus, the One who makes us holy, calls us brother and sister, and became one of us. Yet, when I think of the early church and pioneer followers of Christ, I am encouraged to step in line and make a difference in my sphere of influence. If Jesus did it and Booker T. Washington did it, then by the power of the Holy Spirit I can do it, too.
I will confidently forge through struggles in my life into the glorious arms of Jesus. I hope you will, too!