3. Look Unto Jesus. “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2, ESV). The third thing to do to endure in Christ, like runners endure the marathon, is to fix our eyes on Jesus.
First, the writer of Hebrews tells us that to endure in this race, we must look back at the testimony of the leaders of faith and learn from them about trusting God. Then, he tells us to look around you and lay aside every weight and sin that weighs us down in running the race. Now, he tells us to look ahead to Christ, fixing our eyes on him in order to endure.
The verb, “looking,” is from the Greek, aphorao, “to keep thinking about, without having one’s attention distracted – ‘to think about, to fix one’s attention on.’” (Louw-Nida)
A story is told of a man who climbed the Swiss Alps with a guide. After many hours, they came to a mountain pass. To the man’s dismay, he saw that the path ahead of him was gone. What should he do? To his left is a rocky cliff and to his right is an abyss that drops about 1,000 ft. “Looking down, the man felt his head growing faint and his knees beginning to buckle. At that moment his guide shouted, ‘Do not look down or you are a dead man. Keep your eyes on me, and where I put my feet, put yours there as well.’ The man did as he was instructed and soon he passed from danger to safety.” 
For this New Year, the road ahead may be rough and difficult. You may plan to do this or that this year, but at the end of the year, the success and failures and the pleasures and the pains of life are in the hands of God. If you look to the left, there may be a rock barrier; and to the right, a deep abyss dropping down to nowhere. You might feel your head fainting and your knees wobbling this year. You can do only one thing—either you look down at your situation or you look on the Lord Jesus Christ, fixing your eyes on him, and following his steps carefully. If you follow his every step diligently, you will find at the end of the year that God has kept you safe by his power in Christ.
 Ray Pritchard, “Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus,” in http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/2001-01-07-Let-Us-Fix-Our-Eyes-on-Jesus/, accessed December 30, 2009.