Looking To Jesus

In Hebrews 12 the author indicates the best way to combat sin or even distractions from the christian life is to look unto Jesus. If we understand what he’s saying rightly, we will see our primary goal of following  Christ is not to set out to reform our character or nature by changing the things we do or don’t do, but primarily by gazing at Jesus. 
 
Now don’t get me wrong the nature of a disciple will change, but it will be done internally because of what Jesus has done. He who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. It’s looking upon him in this radical act of love going to the cross bearing our sins making an acceptable sacrifice to the Father that will change you.  Oh that we will see him this morning, that we will gaze upon him, think upon him, and love him is the strongest motivation for a changed life

 



By Faith

Reading comes from Hebrews 11 this morning. The great chapter on faith. After listing numerous Old Testament saints and their faithfulness to the Lord, the writer shows that they were living for a better country.  Had they been living for this life they surely would have turned back. But because their eyes were on something bigger something better they continued on even though you might would say practicality would say go back. That’s just it though isn’t it. Faith doesn’t 
 look like the thing everyone else does, faith doesn’t take us down the easiest of paths, but the best of paths. We might mistakenly think that right faith in the right thing gives us the right or desired results, but if you keep reading you see that wasn’t always the case. Verse 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated–38 of whom the world is not worthy–wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. That doesn’t sound very promising, if living for only this life, then those with faith are fools, but those with faith understand that God has provided something better for us. Thank God this world isn’t all, Thank God He made a way for us to be forgiven, Thank God we can know him because of His son Jesus Christ. Knowing him means more than all there is ever offered in this world. Knowing him surpasses all the hopes and dreams that this world can never provide. Have Faith!
 


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