Hebrews 12:1 gives us instruction to lay aside every weight that so easily besets us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us LOOKING UNTO JESUS.
It is hard to run with endurance when we are looking unto anything.
That is why we must Aphorao. This is Greek for looking away from unto. Unto what…Unto Jesus!
3 Things about “Aphorao“
1) Heartfelt search. Did you ever see a baby…look away from… unto? Mom is right there, Dad is right there, but they are looking unto…they are looking at something unseen. This will cause us to search for what they are looking at. That is what happens when someone looks away from looking unto Jesus; it causes us to look also.
2) Wonder. When we are with someone that due to circumstances, follows the instructions in Hebrew’s 12: 1-3; they in short order have laid assign the weight, confirmed the commitment to finish the race and open us up to the wonder they have found in their gaze unto. Unto Jesus in wonder.
3) Peace. Aphorao, looking away from unto is wrapped in His Peace. A peace that passes all understanding. A Peace that cannot be found in any other place, but with God! Just as with Daniel, he had peace when he looked away from and unto, while standing in the lion’s den.
In this world of adversity, do not look for a distraction, but stand fast and Aphorao, look away from unto! This scripture in the Amplified Bible gives such clarity to the looking unto, just as Daniel did.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Amplified
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].