Look to Jesus

Read: Nehemiah 1

Last Sunday, Will Jackson closed our series of Proverbs with a message from Proverbs 8, where we considered how Jesus Christ is the very embodiment of God’s wisdom seen throughout the Scriptures. This Sunday, Chad Ferrell will begin our new series in Nehemiah with a message from Chapter One, concerning how a right understanding of God leads to active faith. As you prepare your heart for our corporate gathering, let these words from Spurgeon direct your gaze toward Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, for there we have the clearest understanding of who God is.

Heart Preparation

LOOKING TO JESUS. — HEBREWS 12:2

It is always the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus. But Satan’s work is just the opposite; he is constantly trying to make us look at ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you do not have the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold on Jesus.”

All these are thoughts about self, and we will never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that Christ is everything. Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, although that is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits.

Therefore, do not look so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ as to Christ; do not look to your hope but to Jesus, the source of your hope; do not look to your faith, but to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith. We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our deeds, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.

If we are to overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking to Jesus.” Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession be fresh upon your mind. When you waken in the morning look to Him; when you lie down at night look to Him. Do not let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow
hard after Him, and He will never fail you.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

June 28, Morning Reading, in Morning and Evening, by C. H. Spurgeon

Song List for Sunday
1. “The Lord Our God,” by Kristian Stanfill
2. “Great I Am,” by New Life Worship
3. “O Praise the Name (Anástasis),” Arr. by Shane & Shane
4. “Lord, I Need You,” Arr. by Shane & Shane
5. “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” Arr. by Shane & Shane

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