Looking Unto Jesus!
We have just finished watching the Summer Olympic Games from London England. In those games we witnessed much endurance. These young athletes were people of focus! While every eye of the world was focused on them, it was without any doubt that their eyes were focused on the finish line, the goal or should I say “The Gold!” There was no room to look anywhere else, their gaze and their aim was steadfast and each performance was done with endurance!
The writer to the Hebrews in Hebrews 12:3 exhorts us to “… Consider him that endured…” The key to success in the Christian life is the same as it was for Christ and all the heroes of our faith. Spiritual success is found in the ability to Endure. If you are struggling, and feel like you’re not going to make it, then may I suggest to you to “Consider Christ”
Vs 3 … consider him that endured
A Christian should never quit, no matter what!
We are admonished, over and over again in the scriptures to endure, to run with patience, to stay in the fight to the very end.
Paul the Apostle said in 2Tim 4:7 “I have fought a good Fight!” Again in Phil 3:12-14, Paul writes 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
When it comes to running life's marathon, the writer to the Hebrews states we are to look to Jesus, fix our eyes on Jesus, and follow the example of Jesus...
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 … consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:2:3
When Jesus went to the cross, He endured all that it demanded, He endured the shame, and He endured the suffering. The attitude of Christ was to endure the suffering and ignore the shame because He had His mind and eyes set on something better... He knew that His suffering would be replaced with joy. Our sufferings are not final either but friend the word for you today is that “Joy Comes in the Morning” So we look to Jesus. We consider Him during our sufferings and we are encouraged to endure as Christ endured and was victorious! The Bible says that He who endures to the end shall be saved!
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Friend today may I encourage you …
- When you think about your suffering...look to the cross.
- When you think injustices and unfairness served to you … look to the cross and listen to the accusations and names directed at the One who hung there.
- When you think about the rejection you have known and the pain of being "not wanted" or of having your love rejected... look to the cross and see love flowing
from the Wounded One. Look to the One who was despised and rejected.
- When you are cursed by those who claim to be loyal friends look to the cross.
- When you are offended, forgotten, unappreciated, taken advantage of...look to the cross.
- When you’re having a "bad day".... look to the cross!
- When you are afraid...look to the cross.
- When life slaps you and the thorns dig deep...look to the cross.
- When you have given your best and done your best and it seems like "not enough"...look to the cross.
- When you think you can't go on and you want to quit or compromise...look to the cross.
- When close friends betray you...look to the cross.
- When the future looks scary...look to the cross.
- When God is silent...look to the cross.
- When your body is wracked with pain and infirmity...look to the cross.
- When the guilt of your sins is before you...look to the cross.
- When the condemnation of the enemy is being shouted from behind you...look to the cross.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 … consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Don’t lose your focus or your gaze, keep looking to the Cross!!!!