“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 peace that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Therefore—reaching back and gathering all the heroes of chapter 11…their faith and exploits….and using that as the proof text to make the next point….in light of all they have done……let us do something….and that something is not to simply be surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses..let us run….
Notice the “we”….we are running it together….
But in this race we are not in competition….
It does not say to look at your competitor….it does not say look at the obstacles up ahead….
It says to notice the weight and to pay attention to the sin and to get rid of them….