“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Heb. 12:1).
As opposition and sufferings increase, the Hebrew Christians are tempted to drop out of the Christian race. The author of the epistle to the Hebrews, however, calls on his readers not to quit. They must fix their eyes on Jesus, “who for the joy set before him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). If Jesus endured the cross for them, surely they can endure persecution for him.
P.G. Mathew introduces us to such muscular Christianity. We are to derive strength from our great high priest and strain our spiritual muscles so that, by faith, we can continue our race until it has been completed. Reading this challenging and inspiring exposition of Hebrews is the type of mental exercise that will equip all of us to better run this race.