For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.Hebrews 12:3(NASB)
Hebrews is a book that focuses on faith, which is simply believing God's Word. We are to have faith in God the Father and faith in His Son. We are to have a faith that holds firm through all the changing scenes of life, whether we face trouble or joy. We are called to live by faith in the Word of God, for without faith it is impossible to please Him, and we are encouraged to remember His faithfulness towards us and to avoid the unfaithfulness exhibited by the nation of Israel and the unbelief they demonstrated in the wilderness.
We are also exhorted to recall to mind the great men and women of faith who maintained their trust in God despite the suffering and pain they had to face in their lifetimes. We are encouraged to look to the Lord Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, and to consider Him and the hostility that He endured from the hands of sinful man. We are to consider Jesus, and all He is, and all He has done for us, in order that we will not grow weary or lose heart, but continue to trust Him in all things and at all times.
Though the Lord Jesus was fully God, He lived His life from beginning to end as God intended man to live - by faith in God. Jesus lived His life in the way that God expects us all to live - in full dependence upon Himself. Jesus set aside His own glory during His time on earth and lived his life by faith in God, for the joy that was set before Him - and we are to consider HIM.
We are called to consider Jesus Who endured the Cross for us and was made sin for our sake. We are exhorted to consider Him Who lived in humble obedience to the Father and walked in spirit and truth. We are to consider Jesus, Who endured grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself, and draw strength and encouragement from His example so that like Him, we will not grow weary but seek to follow His example of a life lived in utter dependence upon God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Lord Jesus Christ, my glorious Saviour, and His wonderful example of the only life ever lived in total dependence and willing obedience upon You, despite the grievous opposition and bitter hostility He faced. As I look to Jesus, I pray that I will not grow weary or lose heart in the difficult circumstances that I am facing, but may I look to Him in utter dependence and willing obedience. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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