6th April 2012

Looking Always To Jesus

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down on the right hand of the throne of God”
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV UK)

Too often Christianity is seasonal. Christians focus more on Jesus at Easter or at Christmas or at other special times of celebration.

The scripture above gives us great assurance. It explains that we don’t have to be perfect because Jesus himself is “the perfecter” of our faith. Jesus began our faith through dying for us unconditionally on the cross. There was nothing we did or felt or believed in that brought on that moment of grace. While we were still in sin and most had never heard his name, Jesus died for our forgiveness.

Our Saviour is perfect and he covers us with his righteousness. We can rely on him to bring our faith to completion. He endured the cross for the joy of restoring all creation to himself and for the joy of including us in the fellowship of Father, Son and Spirit.

This weekend many Christians focus for a while on the crucifixion and the resurrection. Paul wanted his readers to fix their eyes on Jesus continually, not just for a season. The idea of “fix” suggests a constant focus no matter what is happening in our lives and no matter the time of year.

Let’s look always to Jesus, who has done and who continues to do everything for us.

Prayer
Father, thank you that Jesus endured the cross for us. Thank you that you raised him in the power of the Holy Spirit. Help us to fix our eyes on him, and to rely always on him for all our needs. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson 

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