Hector leaped down from his chariot. Grabbing a spear in each hand, he bravely plunged into the battle. His courage inspired the Trojan army to make a renewed effort to defeat the invading Greeks. He called for the troops to get in formation and prepare to make a charge. With Hector’s leadership they hoped to repel the invaders and deliver the city of Troy.
But wait! There was also courage among the Greeks. As Homer retold the ancient story in the Iliad, the Greek army stood shoulder to shoulder and “endured” the attack. Not a single man lost heart and fled. They dug in, stood their ground and endured.
The Greek word for “endure” is hypomeno (hoo poh MEN oh). It means literally, “remain under.” When the load is heavy, you “remain under” and carry it. When the battle is furious, you “remain under” and stand your ground. When persecution is fierce, you “remain under” and endure.
This verb is used 17 times in the New Testament. Let us put on our warrior’s armor, stand shoulder to shoulder, and consider these verses: “He who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13). “If we endure, we shall also reign with him” (2 Tim 2:12). “You stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering” (Heb 10:32). “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life” (James 1:12). “Love . . . always perseveres” (1 Cor 13:7). Most of all let us fix our eyes on Jesus, our victorious leader, “who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).