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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
The thought begins in the previous verse. "Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus..." Keep your yes on Jesus while you are running the race; don't take your eyes off of Him. Watch what He is doing; follow Him as He ministers before His Father as our Advocate, our Comforter, our Parakletos.
Peter learned this lesson. "When Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid" Matthew 14:29,30. First, the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea in the fourth watch of the night. And when Peter began walking toward Jesus on the water, he saw the wind's effect on the waves, became afraid, and began to sink. He quit looking unto Jesus. He shifted his saw.
The Passover was at hand and the Son of God's hour had come. All eyes were on Jesus. Would He now proclaim Himself the Messiah and take the throne of David? No, he would bear the sins of many "in His own body on the tree" 1 Peter 2:24, and lay down His life "that we might live" 1 John 4:9. And when the Lamb of God died at the very time of the evening sacrifice, all about the cross did "look on him whom they pierced" John 19:37.
Forty days later Jesus led His disciples to the mount of Olives. It was time for Him to be taken up, to ascend to His God and our God (John 20:17). "And while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." Watching Him rising above them, "they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up" Acts 1:9,10. Jesus would soon, "not many days hence", receive the promise of His Father, and "shed it forth upon them "when the day of Pentecost was fully come."
Then, after 2300 day of Atonements (Daniel 8:14), the Great Day of Atonement came when "the Ancient of days did sit" when "thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened" Daniel 7:9,10. All eyes watched as "the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Daniel looked and saw "one like the Son of man" coming with the clouds of heaven to the Ancient of days. Those watching as Jesus told us to watch "until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High" (verse 22) "afflicted their souls" "at the time appointed."
At every event the "little flock" (Luke 12:32) has been looking unto Jesus, looking to the Son of God on Passover as He took our sins, on Pentecost as He poured out His Spirit and began His work of intercession in the Holy place, on the Day of Atonement 37 Jubilees later in 1844 as He began His work of Sanctification in the Most Holy place. Are we still looking unto Jesus? He is the Author of our faith; He is also the Finisher. "He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" Phil 1:6.
Keep looking unto Jesus, the only mediator between God and men. He will not remain in the Most Holy place forever. One more "feast of the Lord" (Lev 23:1) is yet to be fulfilled. We are seeing the fig leaves forming and we sense that summer is nigh. Soon we will "see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30. "Every eye shall see Him" Rev 1:7. All will be looking unto Jesus when He comes to harvest His wheat that we might tabernacle with Him "where He is" John 14:3.
Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3