hebrews 12:1 sermon

Similarly we are prepared to forego a good deal, when once we catch sight of the spiritual acquisitions which beckon to us. How many tears may the hand of a true Christian wipe away?3. He is "the author, or prince of faith," being Himself the highest example of faith. No; for the Lord Jesus Christ is with us all the time, strengthening, encouraging, upholding us.(G. If a perfect human nature has entered into the participation of the Divine, our natures too may be perfect, and what He is and where He is, there, too, we may hope to come. There is the habit of drinking. Because He is the dearest object of human love.II. "Have you got it?" The first "weight" to be got quit of is that of unforgiven sin, and like "Christian's" burden, that can only be got rid of at the Cross.2. They always complained of dulness of vision when they looked in the heavenly direction. And in this aspect we may almost take the word "Perfecter" here to be equivalent to that of the other idea of rewarder. We could hardly keep our feet out of doors. This also affords the best lesson of patience; and for this purpose particularly, we are exhorted, in the text, to look to Jesus; for, it is added, He "endured the Cross, despising the shame." We speak now of Christ as a man (not ignoring, however, His Divine nature), and we say of Him, that He is "the author or prince of faith," because He is the first man who on this earth has maintained faith. We have to look to Jesus, first, by trusting in that which He has wrought for us. Or you are reflecting upon the foundation? We must all feel, I suspect, and often feel, how hard it is to regulate our daily lives by mere rules and regulations. Barrier. Presently, looking upward, she saw in that part of the heavens immediately above the mouth of the pit a beautiful bright star. And the traveller's heart — though he was a courageous man — began to beat fast, and his head began to swim, until he was in danger of falling over and being killed. The looking and the trusting were one and the same thing. The joy which the redemption of every sinner gives to the unfallen creation of God.4. Why is it that so many Christians are so miserable, so out of temper, so weak? )Advantages obtained by looking unto JesusG. Is there a joy set before us? But the commander may march in the centre, as well as in the van, and even in order of time; He is the Beginner or Leader, inasmuch as He is the first who ever lived a perfect life of faith. It must be a believing look. )Look to Christ rather that to experiencesT. A. Joy! Rick is a consultant, conference leader, communicator, and coach. At death.(U. Now there is only one source of peace revealed in Scripture, and that is the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and the atonement which He has made for sin by that vicarious death on the Cross. "Let us lay aside the sin which doth so closely cling to us" (R.V.). It may produce despondency; it may eventuate in a life of miserable murmuring and habitual discontent; or it may be made to yield the " peaceable fruit of righteousness " to them who apply the stimulating and sustaining principle.3. The starter was in his place, and the men stood all waiting and looking. Condescending love as God, sympathising love as man. But the grand question which rises out of the text is this: What is that we are to look at in Jesus?I. Very often, indeed mostly, it is that sin to which we were most given before our conversion: as when a breach is made in a wall, it is easier to effect another breach in that place, although it may be built up again, than where stone has never been dislodged. We can conceive of ourselves in any relation to others, imaginable — in any place on earth, in any position- but we cannot conceive of ourselves as non-existent.III. It is the determination of the runner, when the afternoon sun is blinding his eyes, and the afternoon languor weighing upon him, that he wilt run on.(J. The creatures that are not rational live and exist for an end, but the end is not " set before" them. In all their trials and persecutions, under Roman Emperors and heathen rulers, they cheered one another with the thought that their own King would soon come again, and plead their cause. He is our elder Brother; and acting the part of a Father. Look at Him in the scenes of His earthly career.2. The brilliant garniture overwhelmed that which was tender and vital in the shrub which it adorned. "Whom having not seen, ye love."II. If we fix the eyes of our hope, our trust, and our faith upon Jesus Christ, and keep them continually fastened thereon, we will at last land at the desired haven, with flowers of immortal victory at our feet.(C. But perhaps some of you say, "What has all this to do with 'looking unto Jesus'? There is one more advantage to be expected from looking to Jesus; an advantage of such magnitude, that we may challenge the universe to equal it, and that is, ability to meet death with calmness and joy. There is an old Dutch picture of a little child dropping a cherished toy from its bands; and, at first sight, its action seems unintelligible, until, at the corner of the picture, the eye is attracted to a white dove winging its flight towards the emptied outstretched hands. Is our race faith? Religion requires the conquest of sin.3. One boy fixed his eyes on a tree, and walked along without taking them off the object selected. I do not doubt that there have been crowned hours when that martyr to the liberty of Hungary, Kossuth, though an exile, poor and alone, was not unhappy. If your joy be Christ's joy, and you make it your goal, and your prize, and if you run your race with patience, the day will soon come when you shall find yourselves not worn and weary on the course, but sweetly resting at the goal; and the day, too, will come when your feeble hands shall grasp the prize — your hands stretched out by the impulse of a heart filled with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.(S. )Jesus the only sight for the dyingThe scene opens in a dark and silent chamber. Steadily did she keep her eye upon its light, till, at length, she found herself out of the horrible pit, and her feet safely planted on the solid ground above. Boner, D. D.)Looking unto JesusG. By the same strength by which thou prevailest over thy first enemy, thou shalt prevail over the rest. To one person the besetting sin may be uncleanness of imagination; to another, irritability of temper. 3. (The video clip from the movie Forrest Gump would be appropriate to show here or you can tell the story.) In all the encouragements and discouragements of life.3. He likens it to the joy of a shepherd when having sought the lost sheep he has found it; and to the joy of a woman, who having missed treasure discovers it again; and to the joy of the father of a prodigal who is permitted to receive that prodigal in true penitence back again to his heart and to his home.1. H. W. And so we ought not to judge of others, nor can we judge of ourselves by them. He can have no fear of wanting anything. He was a favourite from the beginning; for blood told then in the estimation of men as much as it has ever done. The wind blew a hurricane and the rain pelted. If we would run well, we must run light; if we would run light, we must look to Christ. You might direct their eyes to the Star of Bethlehem through the telescope of faith and holy confidence; but, alas! If a perfect human nature has entered into the participation of the Divine, our natures too may be perfect, and what He is and where He is, there, too, we may hope to come. We may well be humbled when we think how unlike the best of us are to our example, and what poor blurred copies of His character we show to mankind. Speaking morally, it springs directly out of the self-sacrificing temper, gains, in fact, its unselfish colouring there, teaches us what is the temper, the prevailing atmosphere needful for a useful life. Their life is like a racecourse. Their life should be salutarily influenced by the good who have departed. "Looking unto Jesus" for recognition and for sanction. They drew on, and found it not fainter, but clearer, not vanished, not gone, no trick of the sunlight, no passing effect of the cloud; it was a belt of vivid gentians, drawing strength from the rugged rock and unsympathising stone, taking the light and outfacing the heavens with the intensity of its burning blue. Nobody knows anything about the future life except by means of Jesus Christ. 3. I can give you better than any of them all — a higher, safer, surer guide." There will not be much trouble in getting men to empty their hands of wood, hay, and stubble, if they see that there is a chance of filling them with the treasures, which gleam from the faces or lives of others, or which call to them from the page of Scripture. We must lay aside every hindrance that would impede our progress.II. Boner, D. D.The word denotes the unfixing of the eye from other objects, and the fixing it upon Him; the turning away of your vision from other attractions, either without or within, and turning them to Jesus only. Spurgeon. O. That was his career. This also affords the best lesson of patience; and for this purpose particularly, we are exhorted, in the text, to look to Jesus; for, it is added, He "endured the Cross, despising the shame." At death.(U. Jesus Christ, then, is our only hope of salvation.II. Do you see how this is forbidden by the text? WHEN SHALL WE LOOK TO JESUS?1. There is no other object worthy of our gaze, no other fitted to fill our souls.3. And as maintaining and consummating our faith He is also "the finisher." Spurgeon. Well, so far, and yet only so far. Presently, looking upward, she saw in that part of the heavens immediately above the mouth of the pit a beautiful bright star. )LinksHebrews 12:1 NIVHebrews 12:1 NLTHebrews 12:1 ESVHebrews 12:1 NASBHebrews 12:1 KJVHebrews 12:1 Bible AppsHebrews 12:1 ParallelHebrews 12:1 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 12:1 Chinese BibleHebrews 12:1 French BibleHebrews 12:1 German BibleHebrews 12:1 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Progression.(3)Perseverance.II. Let us come to it step by step through experiences such as we have ourselves. Well, this involves knowledge of His power and trust in it. Some months ago we had an ice storm. The backslider, too, he temporarily has ceased to look upon Jesus.6. And so Christ is the Perfecter of our faith, not only in the sense that He raises and educates it up to its loftiest form, but also that He bestows upon it at the last that which is, as Peter says, its "end," or perfecting, even the salvation of our souls. What of your pride and vanity? 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