1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 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.
In the last devotional we looked at those who have lived for Christ before us as examples of how we are to live the life of faith. While their examples are very helpful for us, the writer of Hebrews goes beyond their lives to the life and death of Christ as our ultimate example of living by faith.
Because of those who have lived for Christ by faith before us, we know how to lay aside every weight and the sin that besets us. But human examples are flawed. As great as David was, we often think of his greatest sin, not his great faith. As great as Abraham was, he lied twice about his wife to a king and his faith faltered when he had a son through Sarah’s handmaid. If we only looked at human examples we might also justify a little failure on our part.
Let us look unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despised the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God. The Lord Jesus, God in human flesh, had every opportunity for sin that we have. He had every temptation that we have. He had every trial that we have. And yet, the God-Man resisted every fleshly opportunity in order to obey the will of the Father and go to the cross as the spotless Lamb. Consider Him.
Look unto Jesus, who for the joy set before Him… There is no joy in beating, in shame and in crucifixion. By looking at the joy our Savior looked past the trials and the pain to us, the redeemed of the ages, and knew that when His work of redemption was complete we would be with Him as His eternal bride forever. The foreknowledge of Christ enabled Him to finish His work with joy. He who loved us eternally did all that He needed to do to save us eternally. Consider Him.
Look unto Jesus, who is now seated at the right hand of the Father. When we come to Christ in humility and in faith we find His arms open to receive us. He who shed His blood for our sins takes our sins and gives us His righteousness and does so forever. We who are born in sin can walk in faith-filled righteousness and through Christ can be at His right hand forever. Consider Him as you walk by faith in all that you do today.
Pray with me that the Word of God that goes forth in our church will be clear to all who hear it. Pray that the clear Word of God will bring conviction of sin and repentance to righteousness. We have men and women and teens every week who come and hear and leave without repentance. Pray with me for the miracle of salvation to happen in our very church building.
If you would like a Christian view of the women’s marches that took place last week, go to IFI’s website and read Laurie Higgens’ commentary on it. Laurie is a woman of great insight and looks at this march from a historical and a Christian viewpoint.
Bobbi came home last night. We were all glad to see her. Jared was really glad to see her. He always shows his gladness by hugging and holding on. She had a great time and was glad to be able to serve Ben and Anna and Emilia.
Ed Green is having knee replacement starting at 10:00 today. Keep him and his doctors in your prayers. He will be at CDH through tomorrow.
Have a great day in the Lord,