10-21-07

A word for the weary.  The writer to the Hebrews was concerned about his readers.  He saw the difficulties they were going through.  He was aware of persecution they faced.  He knew about the temptations to quit.  One of the main thrusts of his letter involved the encouragement to not quit.  We see this theme throughout the entire epistle, the encouragement to “endure”, to “keep believing”.  After having painted a picture of the saints in heaven who all endured through lives filled with difficulties and obstacles, he wraps up the letter with a word to run the race before them with endurance (Heb. 12:1).  But even pondering the saints who have endured isn’t quite enough, so the writer gives us one more person to think about:

…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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Heb 12:2-3 NKJV)

Beloved, keep your eyes on Jesus.  As the “author”, He is the one who first sparked faith in our lives.  As the “finisher” He is the one who will see us through to the end.  There is no greater example of a person who has endured difficulty than our own dear loving Lord.  When our eyes are on our circumstances we will become weary and discouraged.  When our eyes are on Jesus, we can keep going.  He’s already made it to the finish line and He’s there cheering you on in your race.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.