In these two chapters we hear about faith.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV
In chapter 10 we’re encouraged that Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient to bring salvation once and for all and that we should persevere in our faith.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:19-25 NIV
Then in chapter 11 we see this long list of faithful men and women. A “roll call” of some of the most faithful men and women in scripture. At first glance this list might make you feel inferior. It might make you feel as if there is no way to be “as good” as some of these people. I mean…these are some of the most notable people in all of the Bible. A kind of “Who’s Who” list. But that’s not the point. In fact, if you dig a little deeper – every one of these people struggled in their faith in one way or the other. The point is not them. The point is Jesus.
In fact, that’s for tomorrow. Because in order to see fully the point of this roll call of faith…this “great cloud of witnesses,” you have to read on into chapter 12.
“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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
It’s all about Jesus. Our faith should only be in him. It’s not about our ability, our position, our popularity. It’s not about whether we come from a church background. It’s not about the law. It is ultimately about Jesus Christ. I pray you’ll put your full faith and trust in Him today.