Looking Unto Jesus
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. Hebrews 12:1-2
This in my final post on this passage we will look at the phrase looking unto Jesus. The race of faith is a light race because we have laid aside weights that weight us down and sin that bogs us down but if we are not looking unto Jesus we will not run the right race.
In today’s world people are busy looking at what everyone else is doing and trying to copy them or one up them. They think if they post the best pictures on Instagram or stories of victory on Facebook they will be like and even respected. The problem is social media is a new way of keeping up with the Jones’s.
Looking unto Jesus causes us to look inside and make changes to our character and being, because when Jesus is in our lives we can’t help but want to change. Jesus is the Son of God and He is a perfect example of one that finished His race. Jesus came here to not only preach a new kingdom but to suffer and die so you and I can have access to the Father.
Jesus is our starting point in the race of faith but He is also our finish line. The awesome thing about Jesus is He did endure a lot for you and but the was seated at the right hand of the Father.
The Greek word is apo which means, “away from” and horao, “to see”. The word signifies undivided attention, looking away from all distractions in order to fix one’s gaze on one object, Aphorao in Heb, 12:2 is having eyes for no one but Jesus.
To win or finish the race of faith we have to have eyes only for Jesus and no other. Quit looking at men that let you down, quit looking at jobs that are not fulfilling, quit looking at status, quit looking at others races and focus on Jesus the author and finisher of the race of faith.