Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Day 42-April 8
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
This is Wednesday of Holy Week. In one sense, there is a weariness in this passage from Hebrews that reflects the long journey that is this Holy Week, and yet there is also a dynamic and hopeful sense, like that of a runner just short of the goal.
We recall that the author of Hebrews has argued in other places that Christ is the great high priest. Here, he is right before us, enduring, weathering, persevering through a struggle that seems unendurable. Hope will win. Joy will prevail. It’s a good focus, for anyone who understands the weight of suffering….and who doesn’t?
This is a long week, O God, and a hard week, in Jesus’ life and in our lives as followers of him. Run with us, so that we can run this race, and, like the prophet Isaiah, proclaim that you renew our strength. Amen.
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