Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, ² [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. ³ Just consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (AMP)
Greetings this glorious Lords day. I pray you are celebrating with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:25). Just a few quick comments on today’s devotional verses.
Therefore:we know that whenever we see this it is the holy Spirit and the authors was of saying, because of all that preceded, in this case Chapter 11, the commonly called the “Hero’s of Faith Chapter”. So Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses means because all they who went before us in Faith testified to this same the same way.
let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us:The Life of a Christian is not some easy peasy kicked back and relaxed life. It is a race that requires labor and endurance to reach the end.
focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith: The only way to successfully navigate life’s pitfalls is to focus on Jesus, our Example. He alone passed through life in a sinless manner and although we can never expect that level of perfection we should always be striving for it.
Just consider and meditate on Him: It is easy to lose focus in an endurance race. One way to combat this is to focus on a specific thing. Here we are instructed to focus or meditate upon Christ who is the beginning, end and everything in between for the believer.
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart:We focus on Christ so that we will not get discouraged and want to quit.
Commentary on Hebrews 12:1-11
The persevering obedience of faith in Christ, was the race set before the Hebrews, wherein they must either win the crown of glory, or have everlasting misery for their portion; and it is set before us. By the sin that does so easily beset us, understand that sin to which we are most prone, or to which we are most exposed, from habit, age, or circumstances. This is a most important exhortation; for while a man’s darling sin, be it what it will, remains unsubdued, it will hinder him from running the Christian race, as it takes from him every motive for running, and gives power to every discouragement. When weary and faint in their minds, let them recollect that the holy Jesus suffered, to save them from eternal misery. By stedfastly looking to Jesus, their thoughts would strengthen holy affections, and keep under their carnal desires. Let us then frequently consider him. What are our little trials to his agonies, or even to our deserts? What are they to the sufferings of many others? There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. Christians should not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divine chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wise end to answer by all. They must not make light of afflictions, and be without feeling under them, for they are the hand and rod of God, and are his rebukes for sin. They must not despond and sink under trials, nor fret and repine, but bear up with faith and patience. God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children. In this he acts as becomes a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole life here is a state of childhood, and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore we must submit to the discipline of such a state. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God’s chastisement of us now. God’s correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience, and greatly promote holiness. Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.