Everyone has those moments in their life where it is hard to see the sunshine because of all the clouds. For some it is the death of a loved one. For others it could be a financial crisis or even just a job they don't really like. The writer of Hebrews has some advice for getting through the troubles of life—study how he did it.
The writer of Hebrews tells his readers to,”Consider him (being Jesus) who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
Or as the Message Bible puts it, “Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it.
How did Jesus endure, when all seemed lost? The writer of Hebrews continues.
“He never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God.” Jesus knew this world was not His true home. He always had his heart and mind focused on the end of the lane to where He was headed—back to His father in Heaven.
“He put up with whatever came his way.” No matter where Jesus went He seemed to face opposition of some kind. From the Scribes and Pharisees trying to entrap Him to people always seeking Him out to heal them or their friends. Jesus however took it all in stride and many times turned seemingly frustrating situations into teaching opportunities.
So the end, “when you find yourselves flagging in your faith,” study how He did it. “Go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” and help you endure and finish the race.