Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2
Below is something I wrote up, basically with the meaning of every single word in that scripture from Strongs concordance.
Let us cast off every weight and the violation of the divine law in thought or in act that does so easily beset us, and let us run (spend our strength in performing or attaining something -Jesus Christ- with steadfastness, constancy, and endurance, the race that has been appointed to us.Something that completely amazes me is how the Lord is not only the Author/ Leader of our faith. He does not leave us in that mediocre state of Christianity! (I do not even believe - for Biblical reasons - that there is even such a thing as gray, lukewarm or mediocre in Christianity - it is very clear that it is white or black, light or dark, walking one way or walking the other way, but I will use this metaphor right now) No, of course He would not leave us in the beginning stages of Christianity. He long for us to be complete, to be joyful, pure, perfect, and holy!(mat. 5:48, 1 Thes. 5:16, 1 Pet. 1:16. Phil. 1:10) If He didn't then He wouldn't call us to a high calling. He is faithful to us- He finishes and perfects! And this is what amazes me the most: We can not do it. It is Christ in us who lives this life in and through us! (Col. 1:27) And faithful is He who has called us, who will also do it! (1 Thes. 5:4) Thank you Lord! Hallelujah :)
Looking to (to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something) Jesus, the Chief Leader and Perfecter of our conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ: Who for the joy and gladness that was appointed to Him, bore bravely and calmly the most cruel and ignominious punishment, thinking little of the shame,disgrace and dishonor, and is set down in a place of honour and strength, the very right hand of the throne of God!
My dear brothers and sisters - continue to abide in His Love, rest in His Strengh, and hope in His Glory! Have a blessed day! May the Lord bless you and keep you!
In the shadow of the Almighty,
Hannah Brooke Hartman