I love that Jesus saw joy set before him when he endured the cross. His joy was for us to have our sins paid for by his sacrifice. Therefore, he endured the cross. What does that mean for us? It means that we fix our eyes on the pioneer of and perfecter of our faith…
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 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.
There is a cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11 – they are the saints who have gone before us and who walked in faith with God. They are our examples, yet they are not our ultimate model. Jesus is that. Each of them demonstrate elements of Christ-like character, yet Jesus is the pioneer.
Jesus is the one who is the one who makes perfect our faith. Because he is perfect and he is the object of our faith. When we look at Jesus, we are encouraged and strengthened in heart. He endured more than we will ever endure, and he did it willingly.
Our earthly struggles are minor compared Jesus’ experience. And he focused on the Father’s will. Through our struggles, we can also focus on the Father’s will. His will is for us to let our lights of Jesus shine on our world through our actions and response to all things.
I’m fixing my eyes today,
On Jesus who is the perfecter.
Be glorified in me,
And may I show the faith
Of the faithful saints who went before me.