By Laura Herrick
Hebrews 12 is filled with beautiful imagery of how we are to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (1) here on earth and keep in mind the “kingdom that cannot be shaken” (28). As there is more talk about how parts of the US, especially large cities, are becoming more secular, it is encouraging to look to scripture to see reminders that we are not alone in our faith. In this chapter we are encouraged to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (1) since “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (1) and “looking to Jesus” (2). Towards the end of this chapter we are reminded that in heaven there are “innumerable angels in festal gathering”, an “assembly of the firstborn” and “spirits of the righteous made perfect” (23). When we begin to feel alone in the race and are tempted to “grow weary or faint hearted” (3), we should consider Jesus, “who endured from sinners such hostility against himself” (3) and we should “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (28) as we keep in mind an entire “kingdom that cannot be shaken” (28).