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.
Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Looking away from other things like:
⦁ Carnal Reasoning
⦁ Common Sense
⦁ Past Experience
⦁ Hurt Feelings
⦁ Old Failures
⦁ Bad Reports
⦁ Traditions of Men
But looking unto Jesus the Originator of our faith.
In Isaiah chapter 38 Hezekiah was sick unto death. He turned his face to the wall and cried out to God. Isaiah had to come back and tell him he had 15 more years.
Our text said to consider Him and what He suffered on our behalf lest you become weary and faint in your mind.
Discouragement always starts in the mind.
This text tells us that if we keep looking unto Jesus that we won't faint in our mind.
Let's start by looking at what Jesus suffered: The Cross. He didn't just simply die. He suffered beyond anything that we can imagine.
Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.
John 15:13 says, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Jesus laid down His life, not only for His friends, but for His tormenters as well. Our Scriptures tell us that He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to Him. He was dying for their redemption.
One of the simplest and yet one of the mightiest secrets of abiding in joy and victory is to: Never lose sight of Jesus.
I look to Jesus for release from my past, and for the remission of my sin. It is the Blood of Jesus that is the surety of my acceptance before the throne of God. Nothing else can take His place.
Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Many times Satan uses past sin, past failures, and even past hurts and offenses in an attempt to draw our attention away from Jesus, trying to get us to look somewhere else for our peace. If he can succeed in getting us to look back to old hurts, old sin, yesterday's failures, and draw our attention away from Jesus, he can draw our mind back into discouragement.
But, if we keep our eyes on Jesus, on the cross, on the blood, on the love that has been poured out to us we will find out that although our sin was great, His atonement is greater.
We know that Galatians 3:13 says, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
And also 2 Corinthians 5:21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
So we must look to Him for release from our past. Once we have been released from our past the Bible says to walk in the newness of life.
We must go on to look to Him in another area: As a Risen Savior. A Savior who has all power in heaven and earth to keep us in our present life, One who in every temptation and trial is the Way of Escape.
You won't find escape from your trials and troubles looking anywhere else. He is the One who can give us victory over the sin that so easily besets us.
The secret to a victorious life is always looking to the Risen Christ. Looking to Christ crucified we obtain pardon and peace. Looking to Christ risen we obtain victory over the power of sin.
Now there is also another area where we must look unto Jesus. Our opening text says, Jesus endured the cross for what was beyond the cross. He was looking at His future and our future. We must look to Him for out future. Looking unto Jesus and the future He has planned for us will keep us from fainting.
Jesus says, "Follow Me." He told His disciples, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men."
A lot of Christians have failed because they set their eyes on some man or woman, some doctrine, some denomination and followed them instead of Jesus. They ended up shipwrecked.
Many times we find ourselves unsure of what to do in a situation. We need only to look to Christ and consider His actions. Looking unto Him we find the answer. Many times not the answer we would choose.
So looking unto Jesus we find:
A solution for our past
Help and power for our present
A shining path to follow to our future
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
John 8:12 ... he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Let's pull one from the Old Testament. One we should know by heart.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
There is your future. I wouldn't want to miss it. Would you?
LOOKING TO JESUS