Jesus, the Champion!
Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT
 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
Reflection . . .
Jesus is our champion! Our faith begins with Him and He is the one who helps us mature in our faith. Because of what He endured on the cross, He has been given the place of honour by God. The story of His betrayal must have been an incredible thing to endure.
John 13:21-32 NLT Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. So Judas left at once, going out into the night. As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once.
Often times we endure hardships, but they pale in comparison to what Christ endured on our behalf. People betray us, people are confused by us, people are out for their own gain and neglect, even forget what it means to follow Jesus. And so, we must “run with endurance the race God has set before us,” because He has called us to “strip off every weight that slows us down”, remember all that He endured for us, and not “become weary and give up.”