Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and who now, the Fathers will complete, on a throne of majesty, reins in victory. Hebrews 12:1-2