Jesus paid our debt for sin and took our guilt upon himself to give us the unequivocal certainty of relationship with and righteousness before the perfect, holy, Almighty God. Let us fix our eyes and hearts and lives upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…
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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
Fix your eyes upon him. Consider him. Him. The one who is the author, architect, pioneer, perfecter, and finisher of our faith. Jesus. Fix your eyes upon him. Feast your eyes and your heart on what he has done for you and for me.
What has he done?
Jesus has paid our debt for sin and taken our guilt upon himself so that we would have the certainty – not the chance – the unequivocal certainty of righteousness before the perfect, holy, Almighty God.
Why did he do this?
For the joy set before him. He endured the shame and brutality and isolation of the cross so that he could experience the joy of people like you and me accepting his gift of salvation to experience eternity in heaven. This is Jesus’ joy. This was his motivation.
Jesus’ vantage point to take all of this in is the right hand seat of the Father. He rests there in joy as his work is finished: he proclaimed that fulfillment of his destiny and his calling as he hung on the cross. It is finished.
He lives now for us, to intercede for us even now when we need it. And boy do we need it. The context of these verses in Hebrews 12 is the fight to stay free from the entanglement of sin. This is why the author spurs us on to consider Jesus’ resolve in his work. We should have that same resolve in our lives.
And when we take our inspiration and motivation and courage from the life and death and life of Christ, we will be able to:
Endure opposition: there is a battle within our flesh between the old person we are trying to leave behind and the new creation governed under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Endure that opposition. Don’t let it wear you down. Jesus endured the opposition of sinners who beat him and tortured him and crucified him. Endure as Jesus endured.
Do not grow weary and lose heart: there is a physical weariness we can face from the toil of life and work, yet there is a weariness of heart which is the enemy of our endurance. Remember that Jesus invited us to come when we feel that weariness to him and he will give us rest. His burden is lighter than what we carry now.
Actively struggle against sin: we need our rest and our walk to be bear Jesus because we are struggling against sin. It will entanglement us (vs. 2). It will drag us into the past. Sin will remind us in the future. Sin entangles and so we should struggle against it. How hard?
Resist sin to the point of shedding your blood: Jesus shed his own blood because he loves us and desired for us to know God and experience grace. We don’t typically demonstrate such commitment. Some of us believe resistance is futile. It’s a losing game.
And wouldn’t it be a shame if Jesus shed his blood and gave his life for followers who give in to the empty way of life from which Jesus redeemed us?
Consider him. Fix your eyes on him. Take your inspiration from him. Live unto him.