Hebrews 12:1-2, Laying Aside Every Weight

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

//I hesitate to open today’s discussion, as it seems almost disrespectful. Nevertheless, there are some who take this line of thought seriously, so I’ll lay it out there and see what you think.

The author of Hebrews, in these two verses, compares Jesus to a determined runner who stays faithful until the end, despising the shame. So determined is he to finish that he casts aside every weight.

Readers in Jesus’ day would have been quite familiar with the races to which Hebrews alludes. In the Greek games, runners ran completely naked … they cast aside every weight.

Does the author allude to the shameful crucifixion of Jesus? We know that Romans crucified their victims naked so as to add as much shame as possible.

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