We read in Hebrews 12:1–2 (NKJV) “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The great heroes of faith are not spectators watching us from heaven; rather their lives are witnesses to us, having successfully overcome. The Christian life is often likened to a race (read 1 Cor. 9:24; 2 Tim 4:7). We are to lay aside anything that hinders our progress, particularly every form of sin.
In Hebrews 12: 2 the runner must not look to other contestants, but must ever keep his eyes fixed on Jesus. Discard any attitude or practice that hinders your walk with Christ. Model our life after Jesus. Give careful thought and study to the life of Jesus for encouragement. In all areas of challenge we are called to first look to Him for help and guidance.
Our supreme Model continues to be Jesus, no matter how admirable any other figures might appear to be. He is both the Author and Perfector of our faith. The word “author” (archēgon) suggests that Jesus “pioneered” the path of faith Christians should follow. He also “perfected” the way of faith since He reached its end successfully. He kept His eye on the joy set before Him; the “joy” alluded to in (Heb. 1:9) wherein He obtained an eternal throne.
The word looking, “amphorao,” Strong’s #872; from apo,”away from,” and harao, “to see.” The word signifies undivided attention, looking away from all distractions in order to fix one’s gaze on one object. In Hebrews 12:2 “aphorao” is having eyes for no one but Jesus.
Jesus is the Son of Man, and His brothers and sisters are the many people who are linked with Him in both suffering and future glory. They will be the King’s “companions” who share His joy in the world to come (see Heb. 1:9). You are called to be the King’s companions! Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.