24th February 2020

Fixing Our Eyes And Thoughts On Jesus

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

At the very beginning with the creation of humanity, a fundamental mistake was made which has been repeated down through history. Mother Eve took her eyes off her Creator and lost her way. She fixed them on a tree and its fruit which was pleasing to the eye (Genesis 3:6). That was the very first mistake that humanity made, fixing their eyes on something else, other than God. Adam also made a significant mistake. He listened to his wife as opposed to listening to the Lord. Adam and Eve did not listen to God’s instructions, and humanity has been in trouble ever since!

The ancient Israelites also took their eyes off the Lord. One example tells of them worshipping the golden calf in Exodus 32, which resulted in about three thousand of the people dying in one day! (Exodus 32:28). Focussing on the wrong thing has serious consequences.

The lesson for us today is that when we take our eyes off Jesus and fix them on something else or someone else, we lose our way spiritually. In Matthew 17:5, the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, we read, “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’” The Jews rightly listened to the Old Testament prophets but now God’s instruction is to look to and listen to Jesus. We just simply cannot afford to take our eyes off Jesus and fix them on something or someone else, irrespective of how attractive the thing is, or how plausible the person may be. The header scripture shows that we have been clearly instructed to fix our eyes and also our thoughts on Jesus and listen to him. He is our all in all. “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest” (Hebrews 3:1). Only when we fix our eyes and thoughts on Jesus, can we see clearly who he is, the Christ (Messiah, Saviour, Redeemer), the Son of the living God.

Prayer
Father in heaven, we have to contend with many distractions and influences in our lives, please grant to us the ability to disregard these distractions and influences and be focussed on our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott
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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church

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