1 “Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Great cloud of witnesses: The author is referring to the list of Old Testament people in Hebrews 11. These people were all dedicated and committed yet did not receive what was promised in Christ. We are living after the death of Christ, therefore, we have something better than these figures ever enjoyed.
Sin which so easily entangles us: There is only one sin spoken of in Hebrews: The sin of unbelief in Jesus. The author, therefore, is urging his readers to lay aside this sin and cross the bridge from the Old Covenant into the New Covenant.
Originator and perfecter: Jesus is the author of the Gospel but also its perfecter. He will carry our salvation to completion.
Despising the shame: This verse demonstrates that grace is expensive. It cost Jesus His life and His dignity. He did not enjoy it but did it for His creation. After enduring this sin, He sat down at God’s right hand because His work was completely sufficient for salvation.