New Testament In a Year: November 16 – Hebrews 12

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Hebrews 12
(1-2) Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
The Biblical figures of faith who are highlighted in chapter 11 are now in Heaven. They ran their race. Now, they are watching us run ours, and not only watching, but rooting for us and encouraging us to finish well. They are witnesses. We should, therefore, set aside all sin and every other thing that holds us back from following Jesus the Christ. We will find the strength to endure if we keep our eyes, our mind, and our heart on Christ. He went before us, endured the shame of the cross, and is now being glorified at the right hand of God in Heaven.

(3-17) Do Not Grow Weary
When we grow weary of living the Christian life and feel like giving up, we only have to look to Jesus the Christ for encouragement. He endured the hostility of sinners and overcame sin to the point of shedding His blood for us. We also struggle against sin, but we do not have to shed our blood for He has already done that for us. When we suffer, let us remember the suffering that Christ endured. Because we are imperfect and full of faults and prone to failure, our suffering may be justified; but Christ was perfect and without sin. He did nothing to deserve the hate, pain, and mistreatment that was thrown His way while He was here on earth, yet He endured it. It was through this suffering that Christ learned obedience and became perfect.

If we truly desire to become like Christ, we too can expect to suffer. God’s discipline should not weary us. Instead it should give us confidence in His love for He disciplines us for our good, that we may share in the holiness and perfection of Christ. God’s discipline is painful in the present moment, but later it becomes pleasant when it brings about the peaceful fruit of righteousness in our lives.

God’s discipline should push us to strive for peace and for holiness. We should help others obtain the grace of God through salvation which is found in His Son, and encourage all to live pure and honest lifestyles.

Favorite verse: (2) Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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