“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:3)”
During the Christmas season, or anytime, do you grown weary and fainthearted?
We must be diligent in not permitting the holiday to become distracting from the Truth of Christ being the center of focus for the season, or of Who He is. Do you, like me, have the experience of getting busy and allowing the busyness to engulf you?
Wolgemuth reminds us that Christmas is not like any other holiday. It isn’t a special Sunday honoring a parent or a holiday about freedom or patriotism, or even about offering Thanksgiving. Christmas is distinctive in that it reminds us of Christianity.
“Christmas is meant to remind us that Christianity, while technically classified as one of the world’s major religions, is not at heart a religion at all. It is a relationship that focuses on a Person. It is not just a means of practicing our faith. It is Christ in me. It is Christ in you. That is Christianity.”
The Greek word for “consider” in the Scripture we looked at yesterday (Hebrews 3:1-2) is katanoeo. This word means to observe, fix one’s eyes on, to perceive or understand. The Greek word for “consider” in today’s verse is analogizomai, which means to think over or to ponder.
In context, Hebrews 12:1-2 talks about running with endurance, the race set before us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
This use of consider is an encouragement to think on Him over and over, as we run the race of life. We have to keep or mind stayed on Him and not become distracted. to make it through Christmas, and in the bigger picture, life, we must (v.2) look to Jesus.
Look, over and over, and keep looking to Christ. Don’t look elsewhere. It is only the second day of December, and you may already feel the pull of growing weary from the force of expectations of the season. As encouragement, be reminded to Consider Jesus.
This is the next download in the “Away In A Manger” Advent Freebie Kit. Today, begins building a nativity, with the Christ Child. I truly hope you will enjoy this kit.
Have a blessed, happy, Scrappy Advent Season!