The exhortation to be faithful and avoid sin is based firmly on the life and work of Jesus. As we run our endurance race of Christianity, we look to Jesus. In distance races it is illegal to have someone set the pace for you. You compete on your own. Once a Cuban racer fall far back off the lead, then as his teammate was about to lap him he sped back up and set a strong pace for the first man who was now tiring. This encouragement helped his teammate to run at near record time, but it also got them both disqualified. Fortunately we don’t run the Christian race alone. God’s rules permit a pacesetter. It is Jesus. He has run this same race — a life of service, faith and devotion to God here on earth.
The exhortation to be faithful and avoid sin is also based on the death of Jesus. Jesus’ struggle against sin was a mortal one. The Hebrews were “growing weary and losing heart.” (vs. 3) They were giving up to soon. Consider all that Jesus gave up. He gave up heaven then suffered cruelly for us. If we are still living, our struggle hasn’t yet cost us our lives as it did Jesus. We are like the Hebrews, “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.” (vs. 4) Jesus suffered the shameful cross because He saw the goal - being seated at the right hand of God. If we want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy lord” and “receive the crown of life,” we will have to do the same things.
In order to “run with endurance,” live like the faithful, not the faint. Look to Jesus, not th