Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 12:3)
In math class, the teacher uses examples to explain concepts to the students. First the teacher tells the students about the problems. Next, he shows the students how to solve the problem. He may even give the class a couple of examples. Last, the educator will ask the students to complete some problems to see whether they grasp the concepts.
The Hebrews needed comfort amid their suffering. In chapter 11, the author gave them various examples of people who faithfully finished their course. These believers were in danger of giving up and forsaking Christ because of the rejection they experienced. They needed an illustration of the ultimate example of faith—Jesus Christ. But Jesus was not just an example; he is described as the originator and completer of our faith who submitted to the cross and all the shame of a criminal’s death even though he was innocent. He suffered the ridicule of sinners and showed us how to go through trials well.
As Christ’s followers, we can expect to share in his suffering and his glory. He does not require from us what he himself has not lived. Think over the fact that we possess the same power Christ has that enables us to not break down in strength or relax in alertness, but to follow his example and not give up.
Take time to memorize Hebrews 12:2–3.
Ladrienne Cage McFarland enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, VBS, crafting, and studying God’s word.
© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.