Mar 8, 2011

Hebrews 12:3

In the midst of our own tribulation, it is natural to become fixated on our own circumstances. But in Hebrews 12:2, the Christian has been exhorted to look to Jesus. Having fixed one’s eyes on Jesus, the faith runner is to now consider how He endured hostility at the hands of sinners. This consideration is important so that the faith runner will not “grow weary and lose heart” as presumably, he experiences his own hostility at the hands of sinners. As Simon Kistemaker observes, “The writer reveals himself to be an excellent pastor. He knows the tendency to look at the Christian and not at the Christ. Introspection causes spiritual weariness and discouragement, but looking at Jesus renews the Christian’s strength and boosts his courage.”[1]

[1] Simon J. Kistemaker, Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1984), 369–70.

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