Q: The author of Hebrews spent all of chapter 11 getting us to look back at the great saints of the Old Testament. What is he now doing?
A: He’s urging us to look away to Jesus.
Q: How is the illustration of an arena or sporting event being presented here?
A: The spectators are the heroes of faith listed in chapter 11, the runners are the believers going through trials, and the goal is Christ who has already run the race of faith and conquered for us!
Q: What is it we first need to do before “fixing our eyes on Jesus”?
A: We must get rid of the weights and sins which make it hard for us to run; in other words, to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us”.
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
— Philippians 3:12-16
Q: Jesus went through many trials while on earth. What was it that helped Him through to victory?
A: “The joy set before Him”.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
— Jude 24
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
— John 15:11
“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.
— John 17:3
Point: The proper application of biblical faith is found in rejecting sin, enduring all earthly circumstances, while fixed on Jesus the example and goal for our life. We need to get our eyes off of ourselves, other people, life’s circumstances, and affix them on Christ alone.