Posted March 11, 2013
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
This week’s verse continues from last week’s verse, which placed us in a race and called for us to throw off any weight and sin that might hinder that run, as well as to continue with endurance and not fizzle out. This verse carries on where the last verse left off, and calls us to do one thing: look to Jesus. Every runner runs with their eyes set on something. What are you fixing your eyes on in your life? What do you think will satisfy you and bring you greatest joy? These runners who run the race of faith are called to set their gaze and focus on Jesus! Why Jesus? This verse gives us a few reasons:
1) Jesus is the founder of our faith.
What does this mean? It points to Jesus as the one whose faith paved the way for our faith. In His earthly life and ministry, He embodied a perfect life of faith and trust in God (see Hebrews 2:13)! He was tempted just as we were, yet did not sin. Nothing hindered Him in His race, there was no sin to cast off! Not only did He embody that faith, but His perfect race of faith opened the way for others to run this same race. His race was a unique one that accomplished for us what we could not, and yet his perfect running now empowers us to now run the race in his strength! He is the founder of our faith, both the originator and the leader (see also Heb. 2:10).
2) Jesus is the perfecter of our faith.
Not only is He the founder, but He is also the perfecter of our faith. The word used here in Greek refers to “bringing something to a successful conclusion.” Jesus not only starts the work in us, but He also perfects it. He is not a distant observer on his throne, but intimately involved in everything! If you are running and feel alone, don’t be discouraged. You are not alone! Christ ran the race before you and gives you strength through His Spirit to run right now...
3) Jesus is both the example and object of our faith.
The great cloud of witnesses who surround us have run this race of faith before us, but don’t forget that Jesus has as well! He is our chief example, our forerunner, our older brother who ran the same race as us, yet ran it perfectly... He can identify with our humanity! He knows what it’s like to run a race that’s difficult and challenging. He not only ran it, but ran it with joy, putting trust in His Father (see Hebrews 2:13). His race led Him to the cross and public shame, but eventually to the right of the throne of God. May we look to Jesus as one who teaches us how to run with endurance, faith, and joy! Note that He isn’t just “another runner” in this race, but rather stands apart as the unique Runner who makes our running possible. How do we know this? He is now seated at the right hand of God! We put our trust in Him to make us right with God. Being seated at the right hand of God is both a reminder of a past work on our behalf that has been accomplished (he is sitting down) and a reminder of his present work of interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25)!
This week’s song was written by Joel Limpic, sung by Emery and Chris Clark and produced by Chris (http://www.clarkcreativemusic.com/).