I have been reading through Hebrews lately, and wondering what it all really means. There is so much Old Testament stuff going on, I have been confused, but I just keep pressing on, because once I start reading something, I have to finish. With it being Holy Week, I felt like maybe I should abandon Hebrews in favor of reading the Easter account, to help my frame of mind going into a very busy week.
Then I came across Hebrew 12:
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I was completely floored by these verses. Of all the things to read this week, considering how tired I am, how many things aren’t going exactly according to plan, how big the hill in front of me is to climb; this is exactly what I needed to read.
Whatever I am feeling pales in comparison to what Jesus endured for me. Jesus joyfully ran his race and has finished the work set before him, for me. How much more can I push through and persevere to the end of this weekend?
Over all the world, untold thousands will be hearing the message of Christ this weekend, and much of it will be made possible through the efforts of church technical artists. Fix your eyes on Jesus and what he has done for these people, including you, “so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”