First in a series of two studies from Hebrews 12
“Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Determination in the midst of adversity is the message the writer of Hebrews has for his discouraged Jewish readers in this passage—that is, those who have recently been converted to Christianity.
In an attempt to encourage them not to leave the Lord because of discouraging circumstances, the writer has just written about the faith of many great people.
With these people of faith in view, the Hebrew Christians should be encouraged to stand strong and not let any discouragement or disappointment drive them away from the Lord.
Rather they should persevere—that is, stay with the Lord—so as to be successful in running the full course of the Christian race.