“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
The struggles that we face, the race set before us, is both uniquely ours and shared to all who have come before, who are with us now, and who are to come – “so great a cloud of witnesses.” Jesus serves as our ultimate example of persevering through the good and the bad. We are called to persevere rather than lose heart, to look to Jesus rather than the world for guidance. Let us remember that everything Christ endured, both the Cross and the Resurrection, was for us.
Holy and gracious God, we thank you for sharing in our joys and our sufferings. Help us to remember that Jesus endured the Cross for us. And as we remember Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, help us to follow this example. Lead us in carrying out Paul’s call to preserve in this life with our fellow witnesses and not grow weary. It’s in your Son’s holy and precious name we pray. Amen.
Stephanie Snyder, Pastoral Intern