The writer of Hebrews, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us this in chapter twelve. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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 God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
The purpose of this letter to these Jewish believers was to encourage them to be steadfast in their faith and to persevere in the face of any opposition and persectution that they may face. There was the tendancy in light of these things to grow weary and faint in their minds under such “contradiction of sinners”. Therefore the writer encourages these believers throughout this book and culminating in chapter 12 to consider Christ. To consider the One who was better than the angels and better than Moses. Consider the One who is a better rest, a better high priest, a better covenant and a better sacrifice, to Consider Christ.
In todays day and age there is still the tendancy for us as believers to grow weary and faint in our own minds in the midst of a world that is anti Christ from the word go. A world that mocks and ridicules our Saviour, a world that stands in complete opposition to Him. That is why it is so vital for us to take the encouragement of Hebrews 12:3 and consider Christ.
This is our theme and true desire as a church for the year 2013 and we want to encourage you in two ways:
1. To consider Christ personally: The words “consider” comes from the Greek word “analogizomai” from which we get the English word “analyze”. When we are called on to consider Christ we are being encouraged to analyze or estimate Him, to attentively reflect upon Him and His example that we too may be able to bear trials in the proper manner the way that He our greatest example did.
So we exhort you to Consider Him who is God, the word made flesh. Consider Him, the creator and sustainer of all. Consider Him, the leader and commander of His people, the captain of our salvation. Consider Him, the Saviour of our souls. Consider Him, the apostle and high priest of our profession. Consider Him in his human nature, his conversation on earth, and what he did and suffered for men. Consider Him who endured to the end, who suffered and died by the hands of wicked men. Consider Him who is highly exalted and at whose feet one day every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Friends it is through Him that we move and have our being. It is through His death and resurrection that we live and lay hold on eternal life. It is through His intercessory work and by His name that we can boldly enter into the throne of grace.
2. To consider Christ collectively: Jesus Christ is the cornerstone, the foundation, the builder and the head of this church. It is our desire this year and in the years to come that we keep our focus as a body on Him. It is only through His work and His spirit that this church exists and it is only through Him that we will continue on, for without Him we understand that we can do nothing. So it is our goal, in all that we do, whether our Sunday services, our JOY club and teen group or our LIHS and Men’s group; in our VBS, Mission’s Conference, and Revival Meetings; in everything we do, it is our deisre to magnify the name of Christ and lift Him up for all to see. We ask you to join along with us this year, both personally and collectively, and “Consider Christ”.
On January 16th, 2013 Pastor Eastwood and Pastor Little presented “Vision Night”, a powerpoint presentation that sought out to reflect the vision of Sackville Independent Baptist Church for the year of 2013. We have included that, along with both sermons preached on January 17th out of Hebrews 12:1-4 on this page for your encouragement and edification. Please take a moment to look at these things and consider how Christ might have you serve in this coming year.