1 John 1:1-3 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. Accordingly, as the leader He is our pattern, as the perfecter He is our encouragement, being Himself the incentive to our faith. NAS = disgrace(1), shame(5). A mere Sunday religion is not enough. our weakness—as well as His strength; They want something that they can carry with them into that world. Vol. In fact, without Jesus’ faithfulness, no believer’s faith would count for anything. 1. Zondervan Publishing, Phillips, John: Exploring Hebrews: An Expository Commentary, Sacrifice and Friendship - My Utmost For His Highest, Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. Vol. Let the first look of your soul to Jesus, be a look backward. He too looked through the present and the visible to the future and the unseen. John Piper reminds us that "Jesus is the one sure thing. Go to Him when the path is rough, that you may walk in it contentedly: go to Him when the path is smooth, that you may walk in it surely. A watch without a mainspring, a steam engine without a fire, a solar system without the sun—all these are but faint and feeble images of the utter uselessness of a religion without Christ. (Ann Ortlund wrote that "It's the look that saves, but it's the gaze that sanctifies." ", 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?". “Find the floor!” (Read his full message The Doctrine of Perseverance: The Earnest Pursuit of Assurance ), In another message Piper says that the idea of looking to Jesus means that you "do not dwell on yourself, dwell on what God has done in Jesus Christ. No man is crowned unless he strives lawfully. Let the eye of your faith look onward to the day when Christ shall come again the second time. The battle is a battle of faith: will you believe that the things he promises are better than the bad habits that you use to cover your sadness? Jesus (2424) (Iesous equivalent to the Hebrew Yeshu'a H3091 = Jehovah His help, Jehovah is salvation or Jehovah delivers) means He saves, helps or delivers. What are the things which hinder us running? The redemption price was paid in full! Those who would win in the great race must keep their eyes upon Him all along the course, even till they reach the winning-post. As soldiers of the cross, we are called to live by faith, like so many in that great list of old testament saints who exploits were recorded in Hebrews 11. Hebrews 12:12-14. Apo can be a marker of dissociation, implying a rupture from a former association. All glory now we sing, And what deliverance are we working on earth? In the Savior’s case, shame would be peculiarly shameful; the nobler a man’s nature, the more readily does he perceive the slightest contempt, and the more acutely does he feel it. He passed, and we follow Him there; Wuest: looking off and away to Jesus, the originator and perfecter of this aforementioned faith, who instead of the joy then present with Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. The minute he takes his eyes off of the Lord Jesus, and turns them upon others, his pace in the Christian life is slackened, and his onward progress in grace hindered. Thou art enough for me, It is quite right to say that you have not any righteousness, but it is quite wrong to look for any. In that fact He gives you an assurance of your own victory. Your love is but the effect; His is the cause; and the more you have to do with the cause, the more fully will the effect flow from it (1John 4:19, and John 15:9). And this is what John meant when he said, "he who says he abides in Him, ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." (Barnes, A: Notes on the NT), John Piper writes regarding "joy" that " It is not a morally defective thing to be sustained in the marathon of life by the joy of triumph at the end. Refrain, His Word shall not fail you—He promised; The late beloved pastor James Montgomery Boice wrote that "The only thing that will ever get us moving along this path of self-denial and discipleship is fixing our eyes on Jesus and what He has done for us, coming to love Him as a result, and thus wanting also to be with Him both now and always. WHO FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM:os anti (for the sake of) tes prokeimenes (PMPFSG) auto charas: For the joy set before Him - Jesus was able to endure the cross because He knew it was leading to the Father’s presence where there is fullness of joy and the Father’s right hand where there are pleasures for evermore. He was running toward the tape, coming in number one. The shame of everlasting contempt to which wicked men awake in the day of their resurrection; to be despised of men, despised of angels, despised of God, is one of the depths of hell. They clung tenaciously to the old promise, "This same Jesus shall come in, like manner as you have seen Him go." What will you get by looking upward to Jesus? Let us run towards Jesus, that we may grow more like Him. The wasted hours the sinning, the regrets; "I am too unworthy." We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Saviour of our soul and Perfecter of our faith. How to look? (Cross, Crucify - Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Bible Dictionary), Stauros - 27x in 27v (not found in the Septuagint) - Always translated "cross" in the NAS - Matt 10:38; 16:24; 27:32, 40, 42; Mark 8:34; 15:21, 30, 32; Luke 9:23; 14:27; 23:26; John 19:17, 19, 25, 31; 1Cor 1:17f; Gal 5:11; 6:12, 14; Eph 2:16; Phil 2:8; 3:18; Col 1:20; 2:14; Heb 12:2, A W Pink wriest that "endured the cross" signifies "far more than than He experienced the shame and pain of crucifixion: they tell us that He stood steadfast under it all. TDNT on teleiotes - Jesus gives faith its perfect basis by his high-priestly work and thus completes it. He would place a tempting piece of meat on the floor and give the command, "No!" Reader, remember these three looks at Jesus, backward, upward, forward; and make use of them every day. He took it up willingly, and carried it patiently. So much for the second "look to Jesus." It is like "to me to live is Christ," "Christ is all and in all," "Christ, who is our life," "He is our peace," "I live by the faith of the Son of God." Now, we are to run towards Him, looking unto Him. In the face of such evidence as this, I have a right to say that our "look" to Jesus is very imperfect, if we do not look at His example, and strive to follow it. IV. We all need peace. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hebrews 13:2 teaches us how to treat the Lord's return—entertaining strangers with love. Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him. Yes! Then we are called upon to rest in His assurance, to have fellowship with His sufferings, and so to hasten the coming of the Day of God. I offer it in all affection as one who longs to help you in the right way, who desires to promote in your heart a healthy, vigorous, everyday Christianity, and would gladly guard you against mistakes. At the beginning of the Christian life. “Everyone was counting on me,” Kerri Strugg recalled. Hold fast to Christ and He will give It means that if you want to look for a perfect example of faith, you look to our Lord Jesus Christ. Other ways and means have failed us, so let us put this truth (a constant view of Christ) to the trial and live in the constant contemplation of the glory of Christ, and virtue will proceed from Him to repair all our decays, to renew a right spirit within us, and to cause us to abound in all duties of obedience. And then there was me. We are to look to His earthly life as the most beautiful example of a living sacrifice that was submitted to the Holy Spirit. (Heb. Somebody was trailing on his right, and he shot a look to see where he was. Most of them made very crooked work of it. Holy men of all ages, have agreed on one point, at least, in their respective creeds. The "joy set before" Jesus includes His perfection completion of His Father’s will, His being seated on the throne at the Father's right hand, and the joy of presenting believers to the Father in glory. True faith neither goes away from Christ Jesus, nor takes a roundabout road to Jesus, nor so much as dreams of going beyond Jesus. Now, I believe firmly that this same second advent was meant to be the hope of the Church in every age of the world. 1. (Note: Some minor alterations have been made in an attempt to make this more readable - The Glory of Christ Mediation and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, in His Person, Office, and Grace With the Differences Between Faith and Sight Applied unto the Use of them that Believe - Part 2, Chapter 2 (The Ways and Means of the Recovery of Spiritual Decays, and of Obtaining Fresh Springs of Grace) -- John Owens - Online), I See Jesus By the middle of the 3rd cent. We are filled with thoughts of His position, for He "is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (He 12:2d). At a season like this, when we are specially invited to remember how our blessed Lord came into the world, and was born of the Virgin Mary, we surely cannot do better than ask ourselves, what we know of "Looking unto Jesus.". Maybe it's a personal crisis with no foreseeable solution—a tragedy or a failure too great to bear. To soar spiritually, It is like “to me to live is Christ,” “Christ is all and in all,” “Christ who is our life,” “He is our peace,” “I live by the faith of the Son of God.” To each and all of these sayings one common remark applies. He never wavered or faltered, murmured or complained: “The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it” (John 18:11)! This, again, is what he meant when he gave that confident challenge, "Who is he who condemns? For more than conquerors we are! Your posture should always be that of one “looking unto Jesus” throughout life.). (Hebrews 12 Commentary), Expositor's - We are to run this race "with no eyes for any one or anything except Jesus" (Moffatt, in loc.). It was our Lord’s faith that enabled Him to endure. After a quick twisting blur, I landed on both feet and heard another snap. And if God would judge you, say, 'Lord, I place the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between me and Your judgment.' Landy later told a Time magazine reporter, "If I hadn't looked back, I would have won! Reader, beware of falling into this mistake. Cross (4716) (stauros from hístemi = to stand) was an upright pointed stake often with a crossbeam above it or intersected by a crossbeam and utilized as an instrument of capital punishment. (3) Looking unto Jesus, you will get many a direction; for, as He sits at the winning-post, His very presence indicates the way. They are to be found in his directions for the visitation of the sick. For the overwhelming joy which lay before Him, the Lord Jesus patiently endured the cross, looking with contempt upon its shame, and afterwards returned to heaven, where He sat down on His Father's throne. I had just been transferred to the Coke Plant facility at U.S. Steel for my new job assignment as a firebrick mason. 2. (A Cloud of Witnesses -- Richard O. Then will your course be steady, and you will not be greatly moved by the many changes you will ever find within. And Peter climbed out of that boat in the midst of the raging storm with the lightening and thunder, and he walked on the water. Dunkin said, "The dog never looked at the meat. One day she made a trip to the ocean which she had never seen before. The movement of Christ from heaven to earth, to death and resurrection, to exaltation has been called the "Way of the Son" and is used variously by Hebrews. No other religion will ever receive much heart-felt attention from mankind. (Gaebelein, F, Editor: Expositor's Bible Commentary 6-Volume New Testament. There we see the image of Christ. You shall see greater things than these. That’s a great training regimen for any believer who wants to be counted among God’s faithful people when it’s all over. Look at Jesus and be at rest. What hidden skeletons there are in many households! It is possible that some of the Jewish Christian readers had begun to take their eyes off their Messiah and to fix them instead on the hardships they were encountering for the sake of Christ. One day McNeil thought he would teach this bird how, so he tried throwing it up in the air. And in Gideon, Samson, Jeptha, and all the rest of the runners in the race of faith in Hebrews 11, you will see failure. The ‘faith’ of which the Apostle speaks is faith in its absolute type, of which he has traced the action under the Old Covenant.... in Jesus Christ Himself we have the perfect example—perfect in realisation and in effect—of that faith which we are to imitate, trusting in Him. He will win. If you look to Moses, you will see failure. fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 22 You have now come to Mount Zion and to the heavenly Jerusalem. Wherefore — Since afflictions are so beneficial; lift up the hands — Whether your own or your brethren’s; which hang down — Unable to continue the combat; shake off discouragement, sloth, and indolence, and exert yourselves in your spiritual warfare, and in the performance of your duty; and strengthen, by faith and prayer, the feeble knees — Unable to continue the race. Do not look now and again, but acquire the habit of looking always; so that it shall become natural to look up from every piece of daily work, from every room, however small, from every street, however crowded, to His calm face; just as the sojourner on the northern shores of Geneva’s lake is constantly prone to look up from any book or work on which the attention may have been engaged, to behold the splendour and glory of the noble range of snowcapped summits on the further shores. (Westminster Press). but only God can remove our guilt. The gospel is the mirror. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the "cross" of Christ. They "looked to Jesus" and realized intensely their personal relationship to Jesus. Christ the beginning, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible Quoted from Proverbs 4:26, Septuagint, “Make straight paths for thy feet.” straight — that is, leading by a straight road to joy and grace (Hebrews 12:1, Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 12:15). But the encouragement doesn’t stop there. That's why we must be like Abraham, who focused on the promised destination (He 11:8, 9, 10-see notes Heb 11:8; 11:9; 10). It “was set before him,” and so he “endured the arose, despising the shame.” He ran with a heavy cross on his back, and yet he ran faster than you or I have run: he ran because he had more joy than we have. This enabled Him to think nothing of shame and to endure suffering and death. John 6:40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”, John 8:56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”. Our recovery or revival will not be effected, nor a fresh spring of grace be obtained, in a careless, slothful course of profession. (Read his full message God Has Chosen Us in Him Before the Foundation of the Earth). (Phillips, John: Exploring Hebrews: An Expository Commentary), Octavius Winslow - We must look away from ourselves. He cannot fail. This is the city of the living God, where thousands and thousands of angels have come to celebrate. Well, maybe it is for some champions. So, my brethren, let us live in the joy of heaven, let us live in the joy of ultimate victory, and this will enable us to bear all the toils and trials of our present life. In the Savior’s case, shame would be peculiarly shameful. His was a life that suffered the intense pain and ignominy of the cross, for the eternal joy that lay ahead of His life of sorrow and pain. Christ is the goal; and if our eyes are upon Him, we find at once the perfect example and the energy for the way." Thou art enough for me, He was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (He 4:15-note). Why look? Answer: Hebrews 12:2 says that we should be “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Impossible! . But one thing, at any rate, we must all admit. All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. Or are you looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith? Jesus endured shame--our shame. Temptations that we face The starter was in his place, and the men stood all waiting and looking. 3:21). Do not even look at the racecourse, or the competitors, but look to Jesus and so start in the race. As he turned to look, Bannister took the lead. ", Newell - Mr. Darby's words are illuminative: "When looking at Jesus" (which is here enjoined as the positive engagement of the soul, laying aside being negative) "the new man is active; there is a new object, which unburdens and detaches us from every other by means of a new affection, which has its place in the new nature and in Jesus Himself, to Whom we look, there is a positive power which sets us free." Herein all revivals and all (spiritual) flourishing are contained. Beg of the blessed Spirit to draw your faith out continually upon His precious Person and work. The transformation is wrought by the Holy Spirit, and we are only to behold, to continue beholding, the blessed beauty! ENDURED THE CROSS DESPISING THE SHAME: hupemeinen (3SAAI) stauron aischunes kataphronesas (AAP): R Phillips - Jesus endured both suffering and shame on the cross. Beware of leaving out any part of the truth concerning Jesus. (Boice, J M and Philip G. Ryken. Her words were, “I could feel the gold slipping away.” “The vault is my strength,” she wrote later. Spurgeon - He takes His rest because He has completed His work. All rights reserved, looking with undivided attention (Analyzed Literal), Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus (Amplified), simply fixing our gaze upon Jesus (Weymouth), Heb 2:10; Mark 9:24; Luke 17:5; Acts 5:31; Revelation 1:8,11,17; 2:8) (Heb 7:19; 10:14; Psalms 138:8; 1Corinthians 1:7,8; Philippians 1:6, the Originator and Perfecter (Analyzed Literal), the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection] (Amplified), Jesus, the guide and end of our faith (BBE), Jesus the leader and completer of faith (Darby), Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (ESV), Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith (ISV), Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish (NLT), Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith (NIV), Jesus the source and the goal of our faith (Phillips), the originator and perfecter of this aforementioned faith (Wuest), Heb 2:7, 8, 9; 5:9; Psalms 16:9, 10, 11; Isaiah 49:6; 53:10, 11, 12; Luke 24:26; John 12:24,32; John 13:3,31,32; 17:1, 2, 3, 4; Acts 2:25,26,36; Philippians 2:8, 9, 10, 11; 1 Peter 1:11, Hebrews 10:5-12; Matthew 16:21; 20:18,19,20,28; 27:31-50; Mark 14:36; John 12:27,28; Ephesians 2:16; 5:2; Titus 2:14; 1Peter 2:24; 3:18. Many, no doubt, in their impatience, misunderstood the times and seasons, and thought that the kingdom of God would immediately appear. Even when started in the narrow way of life, with pardon, grace, and a new heart—we soon find that, left to ourselves, we would never get safely to our heavenly home. And God never takes aught from us, without giving us something better. Do not fix your gaze on the cloud of witnesses; they will hinder you if they take away your eye from Jesus. I consider there are four points of view in which we are intended to "look to Jesus," and I shall try, briefly, to put these four before you in order. The boy nodded his understanding, and the farmer left. are going to run, not because of the prize at the end and not because so many illustrious saints have run the course in the past and have been gloriously crowned, but because the vision of Jesus thrills the soul. Keep your eyes on the prize. We ought to look habitually to His second personal coming, as the hope of the Church and world. Do Ye not know we shall judge angels?” (1Corinthians 6:2, 3).“ Joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together” (Ro 8:17-note). It’s in those times that we need to find our confidence in Jesus. And it is for love of Him and a desire to be like Him that we take up our cross and willingly follow Him (Mk 8:34, 35, 36). Jesus is to be distinguished from simply being the cause. The day is fast approaching when the trumpet will sound and the Lord Jesus will come in the clouds to take us to be with Himself forever – but until that day, let us keep on looking unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith – Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and is seated today at right hand of the throne of God.