“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy 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 has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
I don’t know how often I will do these, but today will be the first Short Scripture Study EVER. From now on when you see these horses in your post, you’ll know it’s time for our Short Scripture Study. 🙂
Today we are studying Hebrews 12:1-3 and these verses are packed with great application for our day, even when we do a short study of them. We could go deeper in our study of these three verses and I encourage you to do so, but wait till you see what our take away is for our Short Scripture Study today!
Let’s begin by making a list of what we learn about Jesus:
- He is the author and perfecter of our faith
- For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross
- He despised the shame
- He has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God
- He endured such hostility by sinners against Himself
It is so good to know that Jesus is the One who gave us faith and He is the one who will perfect our faith. As we spend time with our Lord daily, in His Word, in prayer and in obedience to Him, we don’t have to worry about growing in our faith – “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Jesus, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross and He tells us that we must also take up our cross and follow Him. It will be for the joy of knowing Him and His resurrection that we too will joy in our hope of eternity with Him as we pick up our cross and follow Him Home. Have you ever heard Leeland’s song “Holy Spirit Have Your Way”? You will love it as you sing along telling God how you will lay down your life and pick up your cross – What a joy it is to give my life away to You! So beautiful 🙂
There must have been great shame for Jesus as He bore the sins of the whole world! Yet, He chose to despise that shame – push it out of His way, out of His thoughts and focus on the joy to come. He rejected the very thing, shame, that might tempt Him to not bear our sin for us upon a cross in open display. WOW!
Our Lord is now seated at the right hand of God in Heaven. And there He intercedes for us in prayer. There with this great cloud of witnesses He cheers us on and prays for us to endure until we are called Home to be with Him.
Along with despising the shame, He endured such hostility by sinners that were against Him, while He took upon Himself the world’s sin and bled and died in what should have been our judgment and death! Thank You Lord Jesus! Thank You!
Now, what do we learn about us from these verses?
- We have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us
- We are to lay aside every encumbrance, and
- We are to lay aside the sin which so easily entangles us
- We are to run with endurance the race that is set before us
- We are to fix our eyes on Jesus
- We are to consider Him, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart
Since Hebrews 12 begins with “Therefore,” we need to know what was said in Hebrews 11. It would be good to make Hebrews 11 a reading for today. There we will find out who this great cloud of witnesses are that surrounds us. Those saints that have gone on before us and are now face to face with the Lord – and all that they have endured. It is also in Hebrews 11 that we learn what the joy was that was set before them. The joy that helped them to endure their own crosses and will help us to endure ours.
It is good for us to know the encumbrances and sin that so easily entangle us. We are to know what they are so that we can lay them aside and fixing our eyes on Jesus, we will press on toward our goal.
We should also know what our race is. The reason we are here on this earth. May we be able to say along with Paul at the end of our lives, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Our eyes, our thoughts, our motives should be fixed on Jesus and we are to consider Him and all that He has endured for us on the cross so that we will not grow weary and lose heart in these last days. This reminds us that we need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added to us. We don’t need to worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
What are your thoughts about these verses? How do they help you? I would love to hear from you in the “Comment” section below. 🙂
Fixing our eyes on Jesus – Have a Happy SimplyLiving Day!