I would like to start off today by saying thank you for joining me on this series which we’ve been on since November and i hope you have enjoyed it as much as i have.
I started it off by citing Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
This was the verse that prompted me to start this series as i felt it was important to look into the lives of the witnesses surrounding us. And i’m glad we’ve been able to do this. To conclude this series, i would love to talk about the Hero of heroes.
We’ve seen how amazing these witnesses surrounding us were when they lived on earth. After studying the lives of these heroes and heroines, I’m sure you would agree with me that we really have no excuse not to live a life of faith. I love the balance in the characters we studied. Everyone can relate to at least one of the characters. They had their flaws, they fell at some point but they didn’t remain on the floor. It gives us assurance that we too can get up from the floor and do better with the lives God has given us.
You would have thought that at least one of the names would be a perfect example for us to look up to. However in verse 2, a name appeared that seems to overshadow the other names mentioned in chapter 11. Abel, Abraham and Sarah, David, Jephthah and the others had amazing faith. But they are not to act as our perfect example. That verse tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ and the next verse shows us why He sure is our perfect example.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” Hebrews 12:2-3 NLT
We are to focus on Jesus Christ. Stop focusing on your church leaders. They aren’t your perfect example.
No one knows a thing better than the one who invented it. Jesus Christ is our champion. He knows what faith is. He lived a life of faith. Unlike all the other names mentioned who had flaws, Jesus Christ is perfect. No flaws, no stain, no sin. Just perfect.
So instead of using ‘Abraham lied’ as an excuse to tell a lie, look at our perfect Jesus Christ who had many reasons to lie but didn’t.
And if we think we are going through a hard time, let’s take a minute to think of the life of Jesus Christ. He did manual labour. He carried wood with his bare hands to do His carpentary work. I’m sure He has times when His hands were very sore. He could have easily given up but He didn’t. So before complaining of your job, think of how Jesus Christ endured and managed with what He had.
Are your siblings driving you crazy? Jesus Christ endured this too. His brothers didn’t believe He was the Christ and He never lashed out on them out of frustration. So before you do that “clap back” or before you try to prove a point to them, remember Jesus Christ.
Has one of your closest friends started acting funny towards you? Remember Jesus Christ still washed the feet of Judas Iscariot despite knowing fully well what his intentions were. So before you cut them off, think about what Jesus Christ would have done.
How about His endurance on the road to the cross and His endurance on the cross. Think about how He forgave those who were beating Him to death.
Has someone brought you shame because of how they spoke to you in public, well think of the shame The King of Kings endured as he watched the people he created nailing Him to the cross.
“Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”
He didn’t do all of these in vain. He’s been exalted to a position of glory.
Jesus Christ is The Hero of Heroes!
There is something on the other side of our endurance and obedience. We aren’t doing these things in vain. Heaven is more important than that minute of revenge. Oh how sweet the feeling revenge brings. But what will it profit us if we get our revenge that makes us feel good and we loose a witness as a result. There are people watching us everyday. Our lives might be the only bible they see. Don’t ruin anyone of the opportunity to meet Christ.
This brings us to the end of this series. My faith has been challenged. Miracles have been birthed from this study. My relationship with God has grown.
I have one question for you.
Are you ready to do what it takes to make heaven?