Pastor’s Message May

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!

eyeLet us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

What do you see happening…in your own life…in your world? No doubt, you witness joyful sights—the birth of a healthy child, the email that awards a job promotion, a sports victory, a marriage anniversary trip, a graduation ceremony, a retirement party. But there are also plenty of troubling sights that you see with your eyes and that dwell in your mind—a terrorist attack, vicious activity on the campaign trail, a loved one laid to rest, job termination papers, divorce decrees, defeat, signs of mortality…sin in general.

We can easily become fixated on things good and bad in this life. But it’s important for us to deal with all of life’s experiences with the perspective of faith in Jesus as our Savior. The writer of a book of the Bible called Hebrews, so named because it was written to 1st century Jewish Christians, gives this encouragement: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” It is an encouragement that God gives to us today through this same book, especially when the things we see and experience in this life get us down.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the eternal Son of God. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who willingly endured the shame of crucifixion in order to pay for our sinfulness and make us right with God. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the object and the source of our faith and hope. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who strengthens the faith he gives through his gospel promises. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who now sits at God’s right hand in a position of all power and authority, ruling over the events of this world for the sake of his followers.

rockJesus is the unchanging, unshifting, solid and steady rock on which to base our faith and build our lives. By fixing eyes of faith on him as he is revealed in his Word, he gives us perspective and steadiness and strength through all events of life, good and bad. He gives our life real meaning, joy in the midst of earthly sorrow, and the sure hope of glorious life with God forever. No matter what we see in this world with our eyes, let’s fix our eyes, the eyes of faith, on Jesus.

God will turn that bad lesson into a beautiful blessing. Keep praying and keep your eyes on Jesus.