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Looking Unto Jesus

    LOOKING UNTO JESUS
    IN THE SCRIPTURES, to learn there what He is, what He has done, what He gives, what He desires; to find in His character our pattern, in His teachings our instruction, in His precepts our law, in His promises our support, in His person and in His work a full satisfaction provided for every need of our souls.

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    CRUCIFIED, to find in His shed blood our ransom, our pardon, our peace.

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    RISEN, to find in Him the righteousness which alone makes us righteous, and permits us, all unworthy as we are, to draw near with boldness, in His name, to Him who is His Father and our Father, His God and ours.

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    GLORIFIED, to find in Him our Heavenly Advocate (1 John 2:1), completing by His intercession the work inspired by His loving­kindness for our salvation.

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    REVEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, to find in constant communion with Him the cleansing of our sin-stained hearts, the illumination of our darkened spirits, the transformation of our rebel wills; enabled by Him to triumph over all attacks of the world and of the evil one, resisting their violence by Jesus our Strength, and overcoming their subtlety by Jesus our Wisdom; upheld by the sympathy of Jesus, who was spared no temptation, and by the help of Jesus, who yielded to none.

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    WHO GIVES REPENTANCE, as well as forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31) because He gives us the grace to recognize, to deplore, to confess, and to forsake our transgressions.

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    TO RECEIVE FROM HIM the task and the cross for each day – with the grace which is sufficient to carry the cross and to accomplish the task, the grace that enables us to be patient with His patience, active with His activity, loving with His love; never asking: “What am I able for?” but rather:  “What is He not able for?” and waiting for His strength which is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).

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    WHO HAVING RETURNED TO THE FATHER’S HOUSE, is engaged in preparing a place there for us so that this joyful prospect may make us live in hope and prepare us to die in peace when the day shall come for us to meet this last enemy, whom He has overcome for us, whom we shall overcome through Him – so that what was once the king of terrors is today the harbinger of eternal happiness.

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    WHOSE CERTAIN RETURN, at an uncertain time, is from age to age the expectation and the hope of the faithful church, who is encouraged in her patience, watchfulness and joy by the thought that the Savior is at hand (Phil. 4:4-5; 1 Thes. 5:23).

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    THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, that is to say, He who is its pattern and its source, even as He is its object, and who from the first step even to the last marches at the head of the believers so that by Him our faith may be inspired, encouraged, sustained and led on to its supreme consummation.

    LOOKING UNTO JESUS
    AND NOT AT OURSELVES, our thoughts, our reasonings, our imaginings, our inclinations, our wishes, our plans.

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    AND NOT AT THE OBSTACLES which meet us in our path.  As soon as we stop to consider them, they amaze us, they confuse us, they overwhelm us, incapable as we are of understanding either the reason why they are permitted or the means by which we may overcome them.
    The apostle began to sink as soon as he turned to look at the waves tossed by the storm.  It was while he was looking at Jesus that he walked on the waters as on a rock.  The more difficult our task, the more terrifying our temptations, the more essential it is that we look only at Jesus.

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    AND NOT AT THE SINCERITY OF OUR INTENTIONS, AND AT THE STRENGTH OF OUR RESOLUTIONS.  Alas! how often the most excellent intentions have only prepared the way for the most humiliating falls.  Let us stay ourselves, not on our intentions, but on His love, not on our resolutions, but on His promise.

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    AND NOT AT OUR STRENGTH.  Our strength is good only to glorify ourselves. To glorify God one must have the strength of God.

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    AND NOT AT OUR WEAKNESS.  By lamenting our weakness have we ever become more strong?  Let us look to Jesus, and His strength will communicate itself to our hearts, His praise will break forth from our lips.

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    AND NOT AT OUR SINS.  Let us look at ourselves only to recognize how much need we have of looking to Him, and looking to Him, certainly, not as if we were sinless, but on the contrary, because we are sinners, meas­uring the very greatness of the offense by the greatness of the sacrifice which has atoned for it and of the grace which pardons it.

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    AND NOT AT WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR HIM.  Too much occupied with our work, we can forget our Master.  It is possible to have the hands full and the heart empty.  When occupied with our Master, we cannot forget our work.  If the heart is filled with His love, how can the hands fail to be active in His service?

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    AND NOT AT OUR DEFEATS OR VICTORIES.  If we look at our defeats we shall be cast down.  If we look at our victories we shall be puffed up.  And neither will help us to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12).  Like all our blessings, the victory, with the faith which wins it, is the gift of God through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57) and to Him be all the glory.

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    AND NOT AT OUR DOUBTS.  The more we look at them the larger they appear, until they can swallow up all our faith, our strength, and our joy.  But if we look away from them to our Lord Jesus, who is the Truth (John 14:6), the doubts will scatter in the light of His presence like clouds before the sun.

    LOOKING UNTO JESUS ALWAYS – WITH A GAZE MORE AND MORE CONSTANT, more and more confident, “changed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Cor. 3:18) and thus awaiting the hour when He will call us to pass from earth to heaven and from time to eternity – the promised hour, the blessed hour when at last “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

    –  Theodore Monod (1836 – 1921)

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