Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony of the truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. Hebrews 12:1-2b Amplified Bible
With all the coverage of the summer Olympics, my mind went to these familiar verses in Hebrews 12. I decided to read them from the Amplified Bible and wow – that really makes this passage come alive.
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I read a powerful devotional on the topic of “looking unto Jesus” from a devotional, MEET ME IN THE MEADOWS by Roy Lessin. Think about this:
The lost look to Jesus and see the loving Savior.
The wayward look to Jesus and see the only Way.
The confused look to Jesus and see the perfect Truth.
The empty look to Jesus and see the abundant Life.
The meek look to Jesus and see the suffering Servant.
The humble look to Jesus and see the risen Lord.
The blind look to Jesus and see the glorious Light.
The bound look to Jesus and see the conquering Warrior.
The oppressed look to Jesus and see the triumphant King.
The wounded look to Jesus and see the healing Physician.
The needy look to Jesus and see the caring Shepherd.
The hungry look to Jesus and see the living Bread.
The restless look to Jesus and see the Prince of Peace.
The mistreated look to Jesus and see the Righteous Judge.
The defenseless look to Jesus and see the great High Priest.
The barren look to Jesus and see the fruitful Vine.
The homeless look to Jesus and see their Dwelling Place.
The poor look to Jesus and see their Unsearchable Riches.
The lonely look to Jesus and see the ever-present Friend.
The insufficient look to Jesus and see their All in All.
My guess this morning is that you and fit in one or more of the above categories at some point during your journey. You may be in one of those places now and are looking for answers in all the wrong places.
Well my friend, today would be a good day to LOOK TO JESUS. He longs for us to do that.
Growing up there was an old hymn we sang in our church:
I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah! The message unto you I’ll give; ‘Tis recorded in His word, Hallelujah! It is only that you “look and live.”
Refrain Look and live, O sinner, live, Look to Jesus now and live; ‘Tis recorded in His word, Hallelujah! It is only that you look to live!
Look to Jesus, my brothers. Look and live.
Written by Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Daily Quote: “It is easy to bring a man to the river of regret, but you cannot make him drink the water of repentance.” —C.H. Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. ~Romans 8:28-30