“Let us look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who for the sake of the joy that awaited him, endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2.  Jesus teaches us how to endure.

Anyone can be at their best for a short while.  To keep going in the middle of a long illness, or a difficult relationship, or a lengthy project, and to do so in a way that gives glory to God, is another story.   Hence, we look to Jesus for help.

Jesus gives us a stronger faith.  That is what “perfecter” means.  Jesus completes the incomplete faith that we have.  Also, Jesus teaches us to that we can endure dishonor and humiliation for a while because we know that glory is coming.  Lastly, Jesus teaches us that if we focus upon him, rather than on our problems or on the things of this world, we find the help we need.

In our sermon this Sunday we will hear about Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who teaches us to endure.