Hebrews 12:1 is one of my go-to scriptures in the Word. It has helped me so many times. It reminds me of the people that have gone on before me and are now worshipping God in paradise. Yes, part of me is green with envy.
This scripture also has some theological value in that it lets us know that those people are witnesses of what we do. Let me say, though, that they are not angels and they cannot aid us in any way. They are witnesses of our victories and our struggles. They can see the trials I go through and the wins I have. Sometimes I think of them in the stands of a great race that I’m running. (The older I get the harder it is to think of that.) They are cheering for me. They already know the greatness of heaven and want to see me there.
I have grandparents, friends, Aunt Jane, John Swartz, and many others watching. I have to run this race with patience and endurance. No matter what. They can’t help, but Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior gives me all the help I need. So, someday I will be part of that cloud of witnesses cheering on my brothers and sister waiting for their great advancement.
Pastor Randy Wills
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