They worshiped God in dens and caves and private homes, had few and simple "church clothes", and often received the Lord's Supper in vessels of wood, and not of silver or gold. Or the economy and the fear that we will run out of money before we run out of time. There we see the image of Christ. We are to look to His earthly life as the most beautiful example of a living sacrifice that was submitted to the Holy Spirit. Now just try to do this relying solely on your own power! Jesus (2424) (Iesous equivalent to the Hebrew Yeshu'a H3091 = Jehovah His help, Jehovah is salvation or Jehovah delivers) means He saves, helps or delivers. It is easy to write brave words about "eternal hope," and strew the path to the grave with flowers. Moses ran his "race". "Be patient unto the coming of the Lord." Don't shrug off your sin or carry it as a terrible secret. "Righteousness, peace, and joy" are the fruit of a full belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, and he who looks for them away from the cross will meet with disappointment; but they are found in Jesus. We must all feel, I suspect, and often feel—how hard it is to live a Christian life, by mere rules and regulations. The only inquiry remaining, is, how a constant view of the glory of Christ will produce this blessed effect in us: and it will do so several ways. That is why Jesus said to count the cost (Luke 14:25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33) before you sign on. That is looking to yourself. If Christians during the last eighteen centuries had been more like Christ, the Church would certainly have been far more beautiful, and probably have done far more good to the world. Christ lived a life Whose joy and delight was to do the will of His Father in heaven – a life that was prepared to say in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Thy will not Mine be done”. Away from self, away from all besides—to be absorbed in Him. That was the vault, a springboard leap over a padded metal horse. Lift up thine eyes and seek His face; How infinitely more with Christ, Who said: "I delight to do Thy will, O My God; Yea, Thy Law is within My heart." He is behind us. Just one glimpse of Him in glory 1. our emptiness—as well as His fullness; Looking to Jesus and running to Jesus will look well and run well together. Quite often he begins to hit the hurdles, which throws off his rhythm and saps his energy, making his race far more difficult. The text of Scripture which heads this page is well fitted to supply useful thoughts for Christmas. He, for the sake of the joy which lay before Him, patiently endured the cross, looking with contempt upon its shame, and afterwards seated Himself-- where He still sits--at the right hand of the throne of God. 1 Corinthians 12:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. Scores of circumstances will continually cross our path, in which we find it difficult to see the line of duty, and feel perplexed. Let us strive and pray that we may make the tone and temper of Jesus our model and standard in our daily behavior. (Collected writings of W. E. Vine. Thou art enough for me. Than Jesus' blood and righteousness: See Col 3: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Ep 5:8. “Find the floor!” (Read his full message The Doctrine of Perseverance: The Earnest Pursuit of Assurance ), In another message Piper says that the idea of looking to Jesus means that you "do not dwell on yourself, dwell on what God has done in Jesus Christ. We ought to look habitually to His example. We must learn . "My Master, my Master!" His father would occasionally test the dog's obedience. Let the heart be centered in and the mind stayed upon Him. We cannot keep our eyes too exclusively or too intently fixed on Jesus. KY noticed that and turned around and said "just follow me kid, I've done this a hundred times. . (Hebrews 12 Commentary). If you look alone to Him, you start well; but not otherwise. First, rest after finished work, the race run. I cannot tell you where the lot of many of my readers may be finally cast on earth, or what they may be called to do and bear before the end comes. Clearly, to continually maintain this spiritual gaze on Jesus, we need to continually depend on the filling and empowering of the indwelling Spirit! The majority of our spiritual decay and barrenness arises from an inordinate admission of other things into our minds for these things weaken grace in all its operations. The old monks intently gazed upon the crucifix (Editorial Comment: I realize Miller is just introducing with an analogy but still feel compelled to comment. Reprinted by permission. Oh! To make matters worse, the instructor motioned for me to take Joe back to the locker room. Thou living, loving, mighty God, Jesus is our only possible model for self-denial. Our recovery or revival will not be effected, nor a fresh spring of grace be obtained, in a careless, slothful course of profession. Backward, upward, forward,--these are the three ways in which we should look at Jesus. II. Look, yes, look steadfastly and intently. Surely, if we have been satisfied with half the truth about Jesus hitherto, we ought to say, 'I will live in such fashion no more.' NAS = disgrace(1), shame(5). HEBREWS 12:14 KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT To get what Hebrews 12:14 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. It is also Jesus to Whom the indwelling Spirit of God directs our gaze, and it is Jesus Who demands our worship and praise, our adoration and grateful thanks – for just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so that all who looked upon that bronze serpent would live, so Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour, was lifted up on the cross of Calvary, so that all who look to Him would be saved by grace through faith and have forgiveness of sins and everlasting life.In this passage, we are exhorted to look away from all things that hinder or halt our spiritual growth and to turn our gaze, trustingly, intently and purposefully toward the lovely Lord Jesus. John McNeil tells the story of a young eagle he had raised with a flock of chickens. Trustful. It “was set before him,” and so he “endured the arose, despising the shame.” He ran with a heavy cross on his back, and yet he ran faster than you or I have run: he ran because he had more joy than we have. Labor for her peace. But each time the bird would look down and fall to the ground. (1Co 11:1). But now we must look to Jesus as THE FINISHER OF FAITH. (Hebrews 12 Commentary), John MacArthur agrees writing "I believe the primary meaning of archegos here is that of chief leader, or chief example. Very likely he would have failed a basic exam in one of our theological schools. They have been men who lived "Looking unto Jesus!" Thinking men feel and know that there are seven days in a week, and that life is not made up of Sundays. Hupomeno was used as a military term to describe an army’s holding a vital position at all costs. Because He endured the shame and pain of the cross, we can run our race with endurance and finish the course. If they could just get their eyes off the things of this earth and off other people and on the Son, they would soar on the wings of the Spirit to higher levels of spiritual maturity and blessing. Joy is the deep-down sense of well-being that abides in the heart of the person who knows all is well between himself and the Lord. (Read the full sermon The Shameful Sufferer), Jesus endured short-term pain Refrain The redemption price was paid in full! by Helen Lemmel, O soul, are you weary and troubled? For if Jesus’ perfect faith had not led Him to the cross, our faith would be in vain, because there would then be no sacrifice for our sins, no righteousness to count to our credit. (Bruce, A B: Hebrews, P 415-416), MacDonald adds that Jesus "not only began the race but finished it triumphantly. Hebrews 2:12, Unto My brethren. In the phrase "looking unto Jesus," it is useful and interesting to remember that the Greek word which, in our English Bible, we render "looking," is only found here in the New Testament. We've all seen runners and other top athletes who are "practicing focusing" prior to the race or event. More of your deformity—and more of His beauty. It is a depth of assurance and confidence that ignites a cheerful heart. (Richards, L: The Bible Reader's Companion. While we are fighting Amalek in the valley below, One greater than Moses is holding up His hands for us in heaven, and through His intercession we shall prevail. So he looked steadily at my father's face." Jesus Christ is our preeminent example of faith. So dark the world, so filled with woe and evil, We are such poor, weak creatures, that we cannot do two things at once. Oh, may you, by the Spirit's power, so lift up your eyes from all but Jesus, that you will be conformed to His image (2Co 3:18). Reprinted by permission. That is looking to your-self. Go to Him when the path is rough, that you may walk in it contentedly: go to Him when the path is smooth, that you may walk in it surely. The less we expect from statesmen, philosophers, men of money, men of science, ay, even from visible Churches—the happier we shall be. (ESV). In His human Nature He exhibited Faith in its highest form, from first to last, and placing Himself as it were at the head of the great army of heroes of Faith, He carried faith, the source of their strength, to its most complete perfection and to its loftiest triumph. (Comment: Here the connotation is that of learning or finding out about another.). But Christ had the joy set before Him of rescuing and redeeming from endless woe so many that He would "see the travail of His soul and be satisfied"! Beggared princes and despised monarchs are among the most miserable of men; but here was our glorious Redeemer, in Whose face was the nobility of Godhead itself, despised and spit upon, and mocked. He “ endured the Cross.” Ours is a trifling cross compared with that which pressed Him down; but He endured it. He rose again and ascended up to heaven, to carry on there the work which He began on earth. Then he had an idea. Keep a continued gaze! It is too often a dropped link in our present-day Christianity. But one thing we can do: we can grasp more firmly, with every returning Christmas, the grand old foundational principles around which our modern Christianity has clustered, and swelled, and grown to its present proportions. He kept His eyes fixed on the coming glory when all the redeemed would be gathered with Him eternally. The corresponding verb (teleioo) has been used of Christ in Heb 2:10; 5:9; 7:28. The top of the battery was a dangerous place. That contempt which an ordinary man might bear without suffering, he who has been bred to be obeyed, and who has all his life long been honored, would feel most bitterly. (Vincent, M. R. Word Studies in the New Testament 4:538), Writing to Timothy Paul refers to the "witness" of Jesus "I charge you in the presence of God, Who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, Who testified (martureo - witnessed, gave evidence) the good confession before Pontius Pilate, John refers to Jesus twice as a "witness" "Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. This, again, is what he meant when he gave that confident challenge, "Who is he who condemns? It is quite right to say that you have not any righteousness, but it is quite wrong to look for any. 2 What's the meaning of Hebrews 12:2? Paradoxically the path to assurance is to shift our focus off of ourselves and onto God. Note that v. 3 is introduced by the Greek subordinating conjunction gar, which gives the grounds for the exhortation in vv. In short, the more you "consider Him," and are continually coming unto Him, the more lively and healthy will be the graces of the Spirit in your soul; while yet you rejoice, not in your fruitfulness—but only in Jesus and in what He has done and suffered. God the Father eternally speaks to Him: "Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity" ... "Thou didst resist unto blood, striving against sin." I want to talk to you today about walking where others have walked. To enjoy that peace habitually, we must keep "daily looking back" to the same wondrous point at which we began, daily bringing all our iniquity to Him, and daily remembering that "the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." We cannot run the race set before us unless we feel thus. NAS = author(2), Prince(1), prince(1). And the object we are to look at, you will observe, is a PERSON—not a doctrine, not an abstract theological dogma—but a living Person; and that Person is Jesus the Son of God. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication 4 will rise with healing wings, 5 and you will skip about 6 like calves released from the stall. They had little money, no church endowments, no universities. The workers near the battery were wearing protective heat gear and special respirator masks. And where are we in the nineteenth century? In actuality it took 30 hours, four stops, three different airplanes, and one border entry. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 1. I believe the Church has suffered greatly by neglecting the point of which I now speak. Thou will make known to me the path of life. He in His humanity endured suffering and shame beyond all others and received compensating joy and glory. And He will face with me its every trial, 1. Have I ever yielded myself in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? Thou art enough for me! Run, as Jesus ran, and look to Him as you run, that you may run like Him. Thou living, loving, mighty God. Like careless children at school we are content to copy those around us with all their faults, and do not look constantly at the only faultless copy, the One perfect man in whom even Satan could find nothing. All you need is in Him; one glimpse, dim though it be, of His cross, one touch, trembling though it be, of His garment, will lift you from your lowest depths, lighten your heaviest burden, gild your darkest prospect, and when you arrive at Jordan's brink, will bear you safely through its swellings, and land you on the sunny and verdant shores of Canaan. Let this be the first item in our creed. We therefore may hope by sharing His sufferings to share His glory (Ro 8:17-note) (Hebrews 12 Commentary), Wuest - Having presented a catalog of Old Testament witnesses to the efficacy of faith, the writer now speaks of Messiah, the Jehoshua of the Old Testament, the Jesus of the New, God Himself incarnate in human flesh. He has trodden the pathway of faith from beginning to end. All human idols have feet of clay, and sooner or later they may fall and seriously disappoint us. Think how Jesus ran the race! Vincent - Having presented a long catalogue of witnesses under the old covenant, he now presents Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and the supreme witness. No earthly priest can be so wise, so sympathizing, so trustworthy, so able to help, as Jesus, the Son of God. (Read the full message Jesus Christ Alive and With Us to the End), A W Pink notes that "His “sitting down” denoted three things. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born. Fixing our eyes (872) (aphorao from apo = away from something near, indicates separation + horao = look, see, behold) means to look away from all else and to look steadfastly, intently toward a distant object. He endured the Cross, “despising the shame.” Shame is a cruel thing to many hearts. Even when started in the narrow way of life, with pardon, grace, and a new heart—we soon find that, left to ourselves, we would never get safely to our heavenly home. Likewise. He took it up willingly, and carried it patiently. Not KY. We made our way up the stairs to the top of the batter. What a mine of daily comfort there is in the thought—that we have an Advocate with the Father, who never slumbers or sleeps, whose eye is always upon us, who is continually pleading our cause and obtaining fresh supplies of grace for us, who watches over us in every company and place, and never forgets us, though we, in going to and fro, and doing our daily business, cannot always think of Him! Nashville: Thomas Nelson), Wycliffe Bible Commentary explains "joy" this way - "The reward for Christ’s endurance is the position of authority and his occupation thereof. In Hebrews 12:1, 2, we are encouraged to lay aside anything that might hinder our spiritual advancement and to stay focused on Christ. Are you gazing at yourself, hoping to find your own answers? I know we cannot put the clock back, and return to the A B C's of early Christianity. She saw some of the most inhumane acts man can do to man. If worldly and fleshly desires are harbored in our heart, they will obscure our moral vision and our ability to see Jesus as we should. For every look at self—take ten looks at Christ! Pride, discouragement, envy, the desire for praise, these and other evils incapacitate the Christian runner as he looks at men instead of keeping his eyes fixed upon Jesus. A monastic religion will never do. This is what Paul meant the Hebrews to do. I will not yield to you. This is a great reason for following Jesus. (Hebrews 12 Commentary). (MacDonald, W & Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson), Vincent writes that the author "Having presented a long catalogue of witnesses under the old covenant, now presents Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, and the supreme Witness. Jesus was a Man Who knew that the crown of glory would not be gained without the cruel cross.Let us fix our gaze unswervingly upon the Lord Jesus, our Prince and Leader in the faith, and the Author and Finisher of our faith. 1Corinthians 9:24, 25, 26, 27 tells us that discipline is the key to winning. But wholly lean on Jesus' name.". “Looking to Jesus” supplies the strongest motive to run well our Christian race; that is, love towards Himself. praise, pleasure, fleshly lusts, all lose their sweetness. Aischune - 6x in 6v - Luke 14:9; 2 Cor 4:2; Phil 3:19; Heb 12:2; Jude 1:13; Rev 3:18. Such theology is naturally popular: the world loves to have it so. Vine - teleiotēs signifies one who completes, who brings to the destiny determined. The dog, who must have had a strong urge to go for the meat, was placed in a most difficult situation—to obey or disobey his master's command. Value the pure and reformed branch of Christ's Church, to which you belong, and all her many privileges. Their attention is concentrated upon one thing to the total exclusion of everything else. Nothing I see save failures and short-comings, 4, Page 539). Two nights later, on July 23rd, a huge television audience watched spellbound as the lead changed hands and the U. S. A. moved ahead by 4/10ths of a point. What should be our attitude? But when the mind is filled with thoughts of Christ and His glory, when the soul thereon cleaves unto Him with intense affections, they will cast out, or not give admittance to the causes of spiritual weakness and indisposition. Shame was too much for him. Then we are called upon to rest in His assurance, to have fellowship with His sufferings, and so to hasten the coming of the Day of God. —Richard De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. The eye that hath faced the sun, cannot endure darkness without a tear. Somehow I think that may well be how we will get to the medal ceremony as we stand before the judge of all the earth…There we are---not in our own merit, but in the arms of Jesus! We do encounter many temptations, though, and if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord Jesus we will be able to overcome them. To soar spiritually, In that fact He gives you an assurance of your own victory. Reprinted by permission. A). There, as our Priest and Representative, He ever lives to make intercession for us. The idea is putting some things away (behind) to go with a forward-gaze. Let us learn to fix our chief hopes on the second coming of Christ—and work, and watch, and wait confidently—like those who wait for the morning, and know for a certainty that in the time appointed by the Father, the Sun of Righteousness will arise, with healing on His wings. I sprinted pain-free to the springboard. 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