HEBREWS 12:1-3 (NIV – UK)
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 that was 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.
FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS
Those of us who have run long distances, perhaps even a marathon, know that it can be difficult. Picture those runners running the London marathon – it takes such dedication and perseverance to start a marathon, never mind finish it!
Here in Hebrews life is presented as a ‘race marked out for us’ (v. 1). But whereas a marathon runner might look to eat some high-sugar food, take on plenty of water and maybe even listen to music during the race, we are called to ‘fix our eyes on Jesus’ (v. 2). As we run the race that is life, Jesus is the only meaningful sustenance available to us. He is the bread of life (John 6:35) and the giver of water that less to eternal life (John 4:14). Fixing our eyes on him mean that our heads and hearts are full of thoughts about him – an all-consuming love that produces such great perseverance in us. It is by looking to Jesus that we will ‘not grow weary and lose heart’ (v. 3).
It is often tempting to look for sustenance in life from other sources – work, money, games, TV – whatever it may be. The only sustenance that we will ever find truly satisfying is Jesus – fixing our eyes on him and allowing us to consume our thoughts and feelings is the most comforting and faith-building thing we will ever do.
Question: What does ‘fixing your eyes on Jesus’ mean in your life? How can you make sure you are continuing to do that?