Looking unto Jesus

“Looking unto Jesus.”-Hebrews 12:2

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”

Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. 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. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” 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. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesu’s blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

From C.H. Spurgeon’s Morning Devotional for Saturday June 28, 2008

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

2 thoughts on “Looking unto Jesus

  1. What a joy that verse, Hebrews 12:2, brings to my heart. Tomorrow, July 1st, 2008, I am facing a stress test to evaluate the condition of my physical heart (my spiritual heart is not affected and is protected by the blood of the Lord Jesus) in an effort to help me physically. I am eighty years old and have been in the gospel ministry for fifty years. I have preached many times in the church at Soham, Cambridgeshire, where Andrew Fuller was the pastor. When I read this sermon and the scripture verse I knew I had no reason to fear the results of the test my doctor will do tomorrow. I am looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, and unto Him I commit all that I have and all the days He gives me here in this life. I can not express the joy that fills my heart. Bless the Lord O’ my soul. Sincerely, A Fellow Laborer – 2nd Corinthians 4:5.

  2. I thanks you for spreading the Good News as this must be reach the corners of the earth and then the end will come, He has us as the messengers by obeying God and loving one another. The Holy Spirit will work it out through each other for the lifting up of the Son of God Christ Jesus will draw all men unto Him for this is God’s will that not one be lost.
    The message is clear and simple to reach the soul in the jungle or the soul in the corporation. God bless you and multiple your works of labor untill His return.
    jennifer

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