Devotional Readings

Looking Unto Jesus

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2.

Some time ago I received a letter from a mother who had lost two young sons, a 3-year-old boy and a 16-month-old baby boy. Both had drowned in a backyard swimming pool.

After a difficult period of grief she managed to refocus her vision. She began looking at Jesus intently.

She realized her life was worth living if God could use her in some way. She surrendered her life into His hands, placing her complete trust in Him. She began to experience an intense desire to get closer to God, to walk with Him each day. She found that this even made her feel closer to her two lost sons.

She wrote in her letter, “Now I hunger and thirst after God because of my love for Him. I know what it means to depend on Him fully, to seek Him with my whole heart, to love Him from my innermost being. I know how it feels . . . when God touches your soul and comforts you. I know how it feels to rest my head on His bosom.”

This woman looked intently at Jesus in her darkest hour.

How can we look to Jesus? Seeing Jesus in Scripture brings spiritual vitality to our whole being. In the Gospels, Jesus heals the sick, multiplies the bread, raises the dead, forgives sin, delivers demoniacs, and calms storms. He brings healing, happiness, and hope. He overcomes disaster, demons, and death. He defeats sorrow, suffering, and sickness. He triumphs over sin and Satan. His miracles reveal His power. His parables reveal the teaching of His kingdom. His sermons reveal His eternal principles.

His life reveals God’s love for the spiritually bankrupt. It shows the redeeming quality of His grace. He seeks. He saves. He forgives. He transforms. He changes. He makes hearts new.

As we look unto Jesus God will fulfill His marvelous promise in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” True, lasting character change comes as the Spirit of God impresses upon our minds the life-changing principles we are studying in Scripture. AIt is a law of the mind that it gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is trained to dwell” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 596). As the old hymn states: “Look upon Jesus, sinless is He, Father, impute His life unto me. My life of scarlet, my sin and woe, cover with His life, whiter than snow.” Looking unto Jesus, we are changed. Let us look daily to Him, becoming more and more like the lovely Jesus we admire so much.

from On Solid Ground
Mark Finley | Review & Herald (2003)
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