Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
(notice who this is addressed to)
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house
Heb 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 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.
There you have it one sentence: who He is, what He did, and where He is right now.
Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Let's consider Jesus. As the Apostle, He is God's representive to the people. As the High Priest He represents the people to God. So let's consider Him. The Bible tells us to consider Him.
Jesus died that we might live.
He suffered the curse of sin so we could be clothed in His righteousness.
He was condemned that we could go free.
He suffered our shame that we could share in His glory.
Let's consider Jesus today and the price that He paid for our sin.
Isaiah 52:14 says: As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.
People were astonished and frightened. His whole appearance was marred more than any man.
He had been beaten and tortured until His form, His figure, and His body no longer resembled a man.
The next time our feelings are hurt and we want to lay out of church, or come to church and make sure everyone knows that we have climbed up the miff tree, we should consider Jesus.
The next time we want to sit around and complain about how rough our day was while some poor lost soul slides into hell, we better consider Jesus and the price He paid and what He suffered.
He descended into hell so that He could take us up to heaven. He defeated death, hell, and the grave so that sin and death could not hold you in the grip of fear.
The Bible says in Colossians 1:13-15 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.
It is Jesus' victory that we walk in. He won it for you and me. If we would consider His victory and power, and quit considering our own weakness, we will have victory.
Hebrews12:3 of our opening text tells us to consider Jesus lest we become wearied and faint in our minds.
There is a wonderful song that says:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
It causes us to think about the help we can receive from Jesus.
But how many times do we look to Jesus for help?
How many times do we sing that chorus, and yet try to face the problem alone?
This chorus offers us a great hope. A hope that, no matter what, we can look to Jesus for comfort.
In the 20th chapter of John about the 25th verse we read of a disciple of Jesus named Thomas.
Now just so you know what's going on, Jesus has risen and appeared unto the disciples.
But thomas was not there with them at the time. So when they told him, he said in John 20:25:
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them,
Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.
So about 8 days later Jesus showed up again and Thomas was there. Jesus told him, "Touch the holes in my hands. Thrust your hand in my side," and Jesus told him, "Don't be so faithless."
Thomas considered only what he could see and feel. Jesus called that being faithless.
Abraham was a good example of faith when he had a Word from God. The Bible says he considered not his own body or the condition of his wife's body.
David going out to face the giant never considered the size of the giant only the strength of his covenant with God. He said,"The battle is the Lord's."
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Consider Jesus; without Him we have no hope.
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:12-14:
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.
I was telling someone just the other day where I live. They said to me, "Then your home is just on the other side of the cemetary?"
It dawned on me that yea that's the truth. My home is just on the other side of the graveyard.
The 12th chapter of Hebrews tell us that He endured the shame and suffering of the cross for the joy that was set before Him. That joy was you. He looked beyond the Cross.
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:19, If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Consider Jesus. The orignal text translates the word "consider" as to fix one's eyes or mind upon.
Isaiah 26:3 says Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
The devil is always trying to draw our attention away from Christ. You know, he (the devil), is not only a master of deception, but he is also a master of distraction.
An old trick in fighting is to get you watching my right hand and then hit with my left.
It's an old trick, but it still works.
If the enemy can't deceive you, he will try to distract you.
Our text says consider Jesus least you faint in your heart.
We don't like to admit it, but a lot of Christians are suffering from various levels of emotional, spiritual or mental burnout. When people lose their enthusiasm, excitement, and energy in their work they tend to become bored thinking it may be time to try another occupation.
Nearly 50% of the Pastors who go into the ministry this year will burn out or lose their passion and be seeking another occupation within three years. Mostly because they forget what Zechariah 4:6 says.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
They quit considering Jesus and got caught-up in programs and activities, and maybe traditions of man.
Maybe they forgot what Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Maybe they tried to use psycology instead of faith. Maybe they didn't consider Jesus.
Let me ask you today. Have you considered Jesus?
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
All that Jesus did, He did for you. All that He is doing now, He is doing for you.
Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.