Main point summary
Let us run, as those who did before us, the race set out for us; using Jesus as our example.
Having established that,
since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
because everyone in heaven can see us,
let us also lay aside every weight,
let us, therefore, lay down our burdens
and w sin which clings so closely,
and the sin that entangles us,
and x let us run y with endurance the race
then, let us run unrelentingly the race
that is z set before us,
that God put us on,
looking to Jesus,
and while we do that , let us look to Jesus,
the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who founded and showed us the perfect way to live our faith,
a who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
because he embraced the cross for us,
despising b the shame,
and did not care about the shame
and c is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
and is now in heaven with his Father.
The race is set before us so that we can run it. If God did not set the race before us, we would never find it and never have the opportunity to run it.
We can lay aside all sin through the blood of Jesus This life is a race, and therefore, will not be easy. We must draw our strength from Jesus' example. Jesus not only took the punishment for us but he also was able to look past the shame because he knew of the glory that is awaiting him in the last days. If only we in the church could look past the shame in following Jesus to the glory in heaven. Then fewer would fall away to the out cry of "intolerant" or "hate filled" coming from the world. Can the saints in heaven actually see us or is just referring to the previous chapter as a figure of speech?