Hebrews 12 v 1 + 2
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses – Every follower of Christ that ever lived, that now lives in eternal Heaven looks down on us today. These ‘witnesses’ are those who have gone before us, cheering us so that we may do even greater things that they!
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – What do you notice about sin? It weighs us down, it entangles us! Sin never produced anything helpful or positive. Sin breeds death, loneliness & brokenness. Friend, it’s a good day when Christ finds you at his door! Goodbye sickness, confusion & hurt … Hello wholeness & fullness! Notice the difference between what sin creates & what Christ creates (go on, Paul rub it in)? Sin clings to you & holds you. Jesus sets you loose. He fires the starting gun, cuts the ribbon & opens the lane! The new you scares Satan.
2 looking to Jesus – How do I get out of my mess? Look to Jesus, friend. Seek Him with your life laid bare before him, nothing held back. Take an honest look at yourself then search for Jesus. He’ll take away the weight & teach you a new way.
the founder and perfecter of our faith – Jesus is the founder of this faith, this new way of living but he’s also the perfecter! He’s like the man with the golden touch, he perfects wherever he goes. He heals the sick, opens the eyes of the blind, forgives our sins & brings family back together. Perfect & righteous in every way! ‘But Ben, I’m stuck in a rut, I’m in a deep pit!’ Why are you talking to me about it? Look to Jesus! Why? Because he laid the foundations of grace & he exemplifies it in every way.
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame – He endured the cross & despised the shame because of the delight he has in you. My old Bible lecturer asked our class once: “What took Jesus to the cross?” Then he read out this verse and answered, “You did.” Replace the word ‘joy’ with ‘you’ & you will see his journey in a whole new personal way. We talk about him as the Saviour of mankind, when at the same time he is my personal rescuer. He had each one of us in mind as he stumbled to the foot of the cross shaped tree. His ‘joy’ was knowing that you & I would finally know the God who made us & live in freedom through his sacrifice.
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God – But make no mistake, he’s now seated on the throne of victory after overcoming everything Satan & us men could throw at him! Jesus is with those witnesses now spurring us on in our faith. He’s setting men & women free who are weighed down because he’s the author & perfecter of our faith. And finally he’s sat on the throne of Heaven, still healing & still ruler.
Just reflect on this today: Jesus the conqueror; the broken Saviour who came to rescue us all from a weight so unbearable.
Author: Ben Tarbuck