LOOKING UNTO JESUS...
(Hebrews 12:2)
by Lasaro Flores

    When you look at something or somebody, there can be different feelings or thoughts with regard to the object you're looking at. In other words, it can be a 'casual', or 'mechanical', or a 'serious' look, etc. Whichever it might be, that look will reveal what is in your heart, or what you think of the object you're looking at. Can we agree on that?

    Let me ask you a question: If you were looking at Jesus right at this moment, how would you look at Him? Would He hold your interest, or would He be just like anybody else? Could it be He might be worth knowing as somebody special; or perhaps you might feel you can do without Him? Or maybe you just see Him as some religious leader, or a good moral teacher. Maybe you might even consider Him to be a legitimate messenger from God!

   As I share with you, my friend, some things of this Person named Jesus, who was confessed by the apostle Peter to be "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16), it is my prayer that will you 'consider attentively' what the Bible testifies of Him. In fact, He tells us to "to search the scriptures", i.e. the Bible, for "they are they which testify of me" He says in John 5:39. Furthermore, apart from the Bible there can be no saving knowledge of Jesus; for it was "written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have eternal life through his name" (John 20:31).

  First, when you "look unto Jesus", you see "Emmanuel,...God with us" (Matthew 1:23); or as the apostle Paul puts it: "God...manifest in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16). As "the Christ", He is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament from the seed of Abraham and of David (Matthew 1:1), but as "the Son of the living God", He is who "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,...and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..." (John 1:1,14). "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life" (1 John 5:20).

  Secondly, when you "look unto Jesus", you see Him who is "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). You see in Him the ONLY HOPE for redemption from sin "with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was forordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (1 Peter 1:18-20). He is the Passover Lamb of Exodus 12, whose blood protected from the judgment of God; for "the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt" (v.13). Therefore, when God sees the Blood of His Lamb over you, i.e. "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son" that "cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7), you have been delivered from "the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds" (Romans 2:5,6); for it is ONLY in Him that "we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:14).

    What about you, my friend? Have you been to the Cross at Calvary, and there through the eye of faith see Jesus shedding His blood for the remission, i.e. the forgiveness of your sins; in other words, the healing of your sin-sicked soul? "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:14,15). "This is the will of him that sent (him), that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and (he) will raise him up at the last day" (6:40).

  Thirdly, when you "look unto Jesus", not only do you see Him that "died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried", but that He also "rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE TODAY!!! That's why there is hope for the "chief" of "sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15). Because Christ has conquered and defeated the powers of sin, desth, and Satan, (and His Resurrection proves this,) there is a Guarantee of Victory over "the wages of sin" (Romans 6:23), the "fear of death" (Hebrews 2:15), "the power of Satan" (Acts 26:18); and ultimately, the torments of "the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:10,15), to each every one that repents of their sins and "believes on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 16:31). He promises to every believer: "I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die". Then He asks you, my friend: "Believest thou this?" (John 11:25,26). What is your answer?

  Fourthly, when you "look unto Jesus", see Him as He is "taken up...into heaven" (Acts 1:9-11) as He said that He would. Note that He told His disciples that He was going back to heaven to prepare a place for them: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may ba also" (John 14:2,3).

    Another reason that the Lord Jesus had to go back to heaven was so that the Holy Spirit could come to indwell every believer according to "the promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4,5; Galatians 3:14): "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter" (i.e. the Holy Spirit, John 16:13) "will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you" (v.7). This means, then, that the believer is not left comfortless because now Christ lives in every believer by the Holy Spirit (14:17,18); and so every believer belongs to Him (Romans 8:9) and is a child of God (Galatians 3:26; 4:6).

  Fifthly, when you "look unto Jesus", see Him "sitting on the right hand of power", i.e. God (Matthew 26:64; Mark 16:19). And what is He doing? Well, not only is He preparing a place for His own, and waiting for that Day He promised to come back, but He is also interceding for every believer to keep them "saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation" (Isaiah 45:17). Oh, what precious words to dispel every shadow of doubt and fill every believing heart with "full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:22)! "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us" (Romans 8:34); "wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25). HALLELUJAH!!!

  Sixthly, when you "look unto Jesus", see Him as He comes back as He promised that He would: "And if I go..., I will come again, and receive you unto myself" (John 14:3). My friend, you can believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back; there's absolutely  nothing that can stop Him!!! For sure, He is coming back, and this is what every believer is waiting for: "For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself" (Philippians 3:20,21).

    But also the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to judge all those that have rejected Him, that want nothing to do with Him, "because (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised from the dead" (Acts 17:31); and this is "when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them  that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them the believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). ARE YOU READY FOR THAT DAY?

  Seventhly, when you "look unto Jesus", see Him as your ONLY HOPE for salvation; for He says to you and to every sinner: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6); and "neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Look away from Jesus, and you are eternally lost. But "look unto Jesus", and you are "saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation". Even now, hear Him call: "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 45:22). Are you "looking unto Jesus", my friend? Oh, it is my prayer that as you read this few words of 'Good News', you'll be moved to cry out as blind Bartimaeus did: "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me...Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way" (Mark 10:46-52). Yes, cry out to God to give you eyes of faith so that you can see that Jesus "is altogether lovely"; and when you see Him, you'll say in love: "This is my beloved, and this is my friend" (Song of Solomon 5:16).

    In the meantime, as you wait for "the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls" (1 Peter 1:7-9). Yes, "looking unto Jesus" will be worth your time; especially because of the value of your eternal soul; "for what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26). AMEN!!!