October 7, 2019
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. Hebrews 12:2
What does it mean that Jesus is the “Author” and “Finisher” of our faith? The Greek word archegos means that He is the Captain, Leader, or Prince of our faith. The Greek for “finisher” is teleiotes, which means He is the Completer of our faith.
How do you have the power to run your race? By looking unto Jesus, because He is the author and the finisher. “Author” here doesn’t mean someone who is the author of a book. It means the leader, the example, the one who has gone before us: Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” You see, Jesus had His eye on the goal.
Jesus paid the price because Jesus could see you saved. Jesus could see people being born again. Jesus by faith could see the Church. He had His eye on the goal and paid the price.
Do you want to know how to run the race? Jesus is your example. Keep your eyes on Him. He is the Savior who not only shows you how to run the race, but He lives within you through the Holy Spirit and runs the race through you. Praise God—we are never alone!