February 27, 2021

Runners running hurdles - Photo by Alyssa Ledesma on Unsplash

Hebrews 12:1–2 (New King James Version)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

One of the most challenging events at the Olympic games is the 400-meter hurdles. Years ago, there were two races that featured hurdles, the high hurdles, and the low hurdles.

Participating in the 400-meter hurdle race is like the Christian journey that the writer of Hebrews had in mind in God’s Word for today. As soon as we get past one hurdle, we are faced with another down the road. Some of these hurdles are higher than others and require more effort to get over.

During the 400-meter race, the runner experiences the peak of fatigue near the end of the race. The temptation to slow down or even quit can be overwhelming. The best way to finish the race strong is to keep the finish line in view.

Likewise, when we feel like we cannot jump another hurdle, we need to take our eyes off the hurdle and look at Jesus. We have been running what seems like an unending race filled with hurdles for a long time. But Jesus is our track Coach. He is the finisher of the greatest race ever ran and is cheering us on. So, keep on running. The race will soon be over.