190303-look-to-jesus

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

What does it mean to look to Jesus?

  • to fix our eyes on Him
  • to focus our attention on Him
  • to Zero In, Zero Out, Zero Up

 

1. Zero In

  • Look with ConfidenceRely on Him

“Looking unto Jesus…”

  • Looking at Who He is, What He has done and What He can do for us
  • Looking to Him as our source of strength and help
  • Looking to Him for our deliverance and victory
  • Looking to Him as our encouragement and motivation to persevere and remain faithful to the end
  • As long as we keep our eyes on Him and rely on the Holy Spirit, we will make it and finish well.

 

2. Zero Out

  • Look without DistractionsFocus on Him

“… the author and finisher of our faith …”

  • Looking to Jesus alone and not at anyone or anything else
  • Why? So that, we can:
    • Follow His leading, guidance and direction
    • Hear His voice clearly
    • Fulfil His will and purpose

 

3. Zero Up

  • Look with AnticipationBe blessed by Him

“For the joy set before Him … and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

  • He is our goal – to finish the race well with Him
  • He is our reward – to receive His approval and to see Him face to face

 

You will look to Him if you really love Him and trust Him.

Why must we look to Jesus?

“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (v.3)

KJV – ” … lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

So that you will not give up!

You will keep running till you reach the finish line.

 

Biblical examples to follow:

  1. 1 Samuel 17 – David vs Goliath
  2. 2 Kings 19 – King Hezekiah vs the Assyrian Army
  3. 2 Chronicles 20 – King Jehoshaphat vs the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites
  4. Daniel 3 – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego vs the Fiery Furnace
  5. Daniel 6 – Daniel vs the lions
  6. Matthew 14 – Peter vs the waves

 

Challenge:

Look to Jesus. Keep your eyes fixed on Him.

  1. Zero In = Look with Confidence = Rely on Him
  2. Zero Out = Look without Distractions = Focus on Him
  3. Zero Up = Look with Anticipation = Be blessed by Him

 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… (Psalm 46:1-2)

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. (Psalm 34:4-6)

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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