Sermon - Pentecost 10 - Hebrews 11:17 - No Pain, No Gain

We have something that the faithful from Hebrews 11 did not have: the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus.  They knew the Messiah was coming.  We can look back with confident faith to his cross.  We can look back to the cross of Christ to see our pain dealt with once and for all.  Our pains are nothing compared to the pain he bore on our behalf.  As we continue our race, there will be pain.  How can we endure it?  By looking to the cross, to Jesus, who now is seated in heaven at the finish line.  When we focus on him, our pain doesn’t go away, but we can bear it because we see what Jesus did for us, and we see what’s coming as well.