Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles.  Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

1)   Who are these witnesses and what are they witnessing?

2)  What is the difference between hindrances and entanglements?

3)  How are the joy of Christ and the suffering of Christ related?