Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:1 NIV

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Cloud of Witnesses

The role of witnesses is to tell the court what they know, whether it relates to the person accused, the crime, or the circumstances surrounding the crime. What they tell the court is called their testimony, and in law it is considered to be an important type of evidence. Witnesses must take an oath before they testify, which means that they must swear to tell the truth. Lying under oath is called perjury and is a serious criminal offence under Canada’s Criminal Code. You could face a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

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One of the greatest mysteries of the Christian life is that we don’t live for Christ alone. Those who say that they don’t need anyone else forget that the Lone Ranger had Tonto. When we give our lives to Jesus, we join a family whose members number in the millions around the world. As well, we join with all the Jesus-followers who have gone on before. They stand in heaven, cheering us on as we live our lives. The author of the book of Hebrews uses a picture of a long-distance race, a common sport in his day, as an example of what it means to live the Christian life. He writes, in Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” The Christian life is a marathon. We run it during this life with entering heaven as the finish line. Meanwhile, the cheering section consists of all those who have finished their race. Run on.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley