Looking Unto Jesus
Hebrews 12:2, NKJV
Just three words, but in these three words is the whole secret of life.
Looking at the context of this verse, phrases such as “lay aside every weight” and “run with endurance the race that is set before us” allude to the Grecian games, though the focus is on a spiritual race.
While the cloud of witnesses may encourage and anticipate the coming of the “author and finisher of our faith,” Christ Himself is brought into view as an inspiration far higher than the example of the Old Testament witnesses of faith.
The writer urges us to look unto Jesus. “Looking” (aphoroontes) is found only this one time in the New Testament. It implies looking away from those objects that may claim attention and concentrating the gaze exclusively and steadily upon Jesus.
Ultimately we will go in the direction of our gaze. Our running will be determined by our looking. While we may be encouraged by the testimony of the witnesses, personal communion with Christ must sustain us. He is the only One in the spiritual world to whom we may look for certain help.
The gospel therefore is nothing other than “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
Looking unto JESUS and not at what we are doing for Him.
Looking unto JESUS and nothing else! Looking unto JESUS ALWAYS—with a gaze more and more constant, more and more confident, “transformed into the same image from glory to glory”(2 Corinthians 3:18).
Thus we await the hour when He will call us to pass from earth to Heaven, from time to eternity—the promised hour when at last “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”(1 John 3:2).
Yours in His service,
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