Sunday, March 17, 2013

17 March 2013 - Hebrews 12: 1

Sunday, March 17
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. — Heb. 12:1

Paul was making reference to features of athletic games or races. He not only called attention to the reason for engaging in the race but also pointed out what one must do to win. The first-century Christians, especially those living in Jerusalem and Judea, were facing many trials and hardships. They were under great pressure from the Jewish religious leaders, who still wielded powerful influence over the people. Earlier, these leaders had succeeded in having Jesus Christ condemned as a seditionist and killed as a criminal. And they were not about to stop their opposition. In the book of Acts, we read one account after another of their threats and attacks against Christians, starting almost immediately after the miraculous events at Pentecost 33 C.E. This certainly made life difficult for the faithful ones. — Acts 4:1-3; 5:17, 18; 6:8-12; 7:59; 8:1, 3 w11 9/15 3:5, 6