There is no other object worthy of our gaze, no other fitted to fill our souls.3. Those who would win in the great race must keep their eyes upon Him all along the course, even till they reach the winning-post.1. 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. Above them rose a steep rock, up the face of which no human being could climb, and below them was a precipice which went down straight, without a break, for nearly a thousand feet. We have the motive of His sufferings presented as being an unseen reward for Himself, which He brought vividly before Him by the exercise of His faith. We are helped to run to the end, not only by what Jesus has done for us, but by what Jesus is doing in us. Rearrange, economise, lay aside every weight. Marsh. 1. Is our race faith? Here, then, you see at once THE MISCHIEVOUS TENDENCY OF SCEPTICAL THOUGHT, WHICH TENDS TO OBSCURE THIS VISION OF THE WORLD TO COME, and to make it signify a mere fancy, a mere dream of the world's youth, which, as the race goes on, will more and more be dissipated, as the tinted clouds of morning disappear when the sun rides higher and higher to the meridian.V. If you thus neglect to build, see, you are reflecting upon Him. The first miracle that He ever performed was to help carry on a three-days' social entertainment. You also shall have heaven, for He has it; you shall sit upon the throne, for He sits there.2. 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." Look to Him for it. Maclaren, D. D.I. Love is the fulfilling of the law, and the most powerful principle of gospel holiness. Steam would be a useless thing if it were not generated within an engine. Of these, holy men recommend that we should begin with our besetting fault. We feel that Satan is not omnipotent, that sin is not invincible, that suffering is not unconquerable. Faith is just leaning upon Christ — looking to Christ — drawing upon Christ for everything. Maclaren, D. D.Consider the remarkable aspects and relationships in reference to our faith in which Christ is here set forth.I. The introduction to this race is by regeneration (John 3:2, 7).3. Life is a work. "Looking unto Jesus "-we are to lean upon Him as our strength. But He is "the prince of faith" in another sense.2. And He will do it in another way too, by the rewards and blessings which He will give to the imperfect and tentative exercise of our confidence, over-answering our petitions, and flooding us with more than we expected when we tremulously tried to trust on Him; and so inducing us to be bolder in our confidence, and to venture further afield. Just so is the Christian life. And the consequence is, the ship's progress is seriously interfered with. Do not you suppose that this joy that He saw in the future made Him a man of joy, and not of sorrow? The chief end of man is to glorify God; let it be my chief end, even as it was my Lord's. How heavy it is! "Ye are the salt of the earth," said Christ, and "Ye are the light of the world." All sin is according to this passage a besetting sin.I. It not only means " looking," as the translation gives it, but looking off, or away. The renunciation that is spoken about is not so much the putting away from ourselves of certain things lying round about us that may become temptations, as the putting away of the dispositions within us which make these things temptations. The word expresses a continuous and sustained action of the inner man. )Joy triumphingJohn Kempthorne, M. A.I. In looking, the first thing that strikes us is the difference and contrast between our character and His. Well, but "looking" means trusting. I have read somewhere of a traveller, who with his guide was crossing a high mountain in Switzerland. 1. His companion readily accepted the proposition, and they started. I. The starter was in his place, and the men stood all waiting and looking. This thought is also a vast incentive to the culture of power in us, of personal, moral, and intellectual power, for which there must be range in those circles of life which we are to join, if we are the disciples of the Divine Lord.IV. He must be the great central fascination, on which the eye fixes itself, and to which it ever reverts if for a moment it is withdrawn. 1. In His veins ran the best blood of the Jewish nation. We answer, By looking unto Jesus. "Jesus is the author and finisher of faith."1. The minister said I might look to him for the rent, and I know it is as sure as if I had the money in my hand." We want a Mediator, Example, Friend, such as He is.3. The answer is found in the twofold aspect of the Cross. In the second place, if we would look rightly to Jesus, we must look daily to His LIFE OF INTERCESSION, in heaven, as our principal provision of strength and help. THE REASON FOR IT. We must not loiter and linger as children returning from a summer's ramble. You are not to live looking to the disciples, you are not to live looking to the Church for recognition and for sanction, but turning your eyes upwards you are to be in a position to say with Peter, "Lord, Thou knowest all things, Thou knowest that I love Thee." Then it will most likely be that, when not tempted in act, a man will be tempted to the thought of his besetting sin, both before and after. I am sure there are none of you who do not know something about these "weights," and could tell how they hinder you in what is good. Would it pause at the approach of invading footsteps, or would it — as all beautiful things in this low world — would it fade and be gone? E. And religious perplexity. If we believe that the Man Jesus sits on the throne of the universe, we have a new conception of what is possible for humanity. and to this question I have various answers to give.1. Christ began immediately after him. This, too, this is preached from the Cross; hence, my brothers, what looks like a streak of sunlight on the unrestful ocean becomes a stimulating and sustaining principle in the labour of life.II. 2. Times of temptation.3. Ours is a trifling cross compared with that which pressed Him down; but He endured it. He was a believer. We are helped to run to the end, not only by what Jesus has done for us, but by what Jesus is doing in us. No; for the Lord Jesus Christ is with us all the time, strengthening, encouraging, upholding us.(G. Where the father and mother have waited expectant for the dear children that have been long away to come home, does joy beat upon the instrument of the soul when they do come? H. Spurgeon.I. Look you that you may see more of Jesus. The eye thus fixed upon Him must, however, be no divided eye, partly fixed on others, partly on Him. But He is "the prince of faith" in another sense.2. And what think you that picture was? In the words before us is one view of the goal to which our Saviour ran, or of the prize for which His course was pursued. The last "weight" I shall mention is that of care. Run, that you may come nearer to Jesus. He endured the Cross, "despising the shame." It is loyalty to his true Master. He took it up willingly, and carried it patiently. We are taught to look away from all else to "Jesus only?' The other boy set his eyes on the tree also, and, when he had gone a short distance, he turned, and looked back to see how true his course was. He is the channel which connects us with God. HE IS OUR ONLY EXAMPLE TO IMITATE. And what think you that picture was? They both have their limitation, rules, intense activity, speedy termination. He sits there to bring sons and daughters home to glory. We answer, By looking unto Jesus. 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. She had reached a considerable height. They may originate in the very senses. And so the weeds of our sins grew, as they would, left to themselves, with more luxuriant, foul rankness. Well, now, we have heard in a few brief words a little of the joy which Christ set before Himself — and I ask, have we all a mark? )Look to Christ rather that to experiencesT. Looking to Jesus, who has borne the whole of the punishment due to our sins, we are no longer to consider it as penal; this is the sting of death, which He has extracted (2 Timothy 1:10).(G. He says, "None of them can save you." He is our pattern in this as in all that belongs to humanity. Instead of dwelling in the wilderness, He went into populous cities. the greatness of doing what you ought to do; goodness, the greatness of loyalty amid sorrow. Will you make the joy of others your goal? Sometimes when I have been coming home late at night, after a long day's work, I have felt very tired, and the uphill parts of the road seemed very long and very steep. A forced gaze there cannot be; a careless gaze on an object so Divinely glorious, so infinitely attractive, seems altogether incredible when you consider to whom you are looking. Sometimes she comes to a stand altogether. How earnest men are around us! There is the habit of idle and unprofitable reading, not to speak of what is positively bad. It branches out into other faults; it twines round and kills some grace; it hides itself behind other faults or virtues; it puts itself forth in the midst of them. 2. Now if it is so with sin as committed against man, what shall we say of sin as committed against God! "No," she answers, "but it is all right. So long as these have the power which they have now, every now and then getting the better of you, your life can neither be happy nor good.3. That points to the need of looking off from something else, that we may look up to Him. He knew that for those sinners whom He so dearly loved, there would henceforth be but a crippled foe to be bruised under their feet shortly; and the chains of bondage struck off, that henceforth we should not be slaves to sin. 4. Goodness! Joy has a moral force, because it rises out of and combines real and constituent spiritual elements, loftier, more enduring than pleasure; it draws its life and gathers its strength from the most vigorous and the most varied faculties of our nature. These are testifiers as well as spectators.2. Our word at starting in the Christian life is, "Look unto Jesus."1. 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. We often refer to these words; but do we not misquote them in divorcing them from their context? F. Ewing, M.A.I remember once climbing a great Alpine peak. A forced gaze there cannot be; a careless gaze on an object so Divinely glorious, so infinitely attractive, seems altogether incredible when you consider to whom you are looking. These three, rest, dominion, judgment, are the prerogatives of the Man Jesus. He showed us how to believe, and believe even on this earth where there is everything to tempt our faith and to cherish unbelief. 1. (The Preachers' Monthly. WHAT SORT OF LOOKS THEY SHOULD BE?1. It is just like a man with all the resources of the bank at his call. WE MUST LAY ASIDE BESETTING SIN. Doctor Franklin is lying on his deathbed. On Him all heaven is gazing, and can you turn away? Well, but "looking" means trusting. By drawing power from Christ. Joy has a depth and a stillness far beyond mere merriment. And He as an example also, "who for the ,joy," &c. Can we be tempted or suffer as He did? "Saw! " But we have a more decided case yet. WHEN?1. "Ye are the salt of the earth," said Christ, and "Ye are the light of the world." Look at Him in the scenes of His earthly career.2. When those persons who went to the stake for their faith, and sang and rejoiced as the fire blazed about them, and sent out from their pulpit of flame joyous songs of hope, do you suppose they were sufferers? For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the Cross, despising the shame, and "is set down." Our Lord shows us how to treat it. We feel that Satan is not omnipotent, that sin is not invincible, that suffering is not unconquerable.(W. This word expresses the mental posture, which the apostle would have all Christians maintain in relation to Jesus, their Saviour-God. These are testifiers as well as spectators.2. He will be aiming at that which is to last for centuries; but he will find straight in his path the passing passions of the day, roused to fiercer enmity by their own shallowness. You cannot keep too close to Him. Calthrop, M. A.Here is a young man carrying something through a crowded Eastern market-place, or bazaar. And yet I know even young hearts have their care — about lessons, and work otherwise, often not knowing what to do — with sorrows which are sometimes heavy and bitter enough. His life was a life of faith, whose breath was prayer. It is called "the joy" — that is, the cause and the occasion of the joy, "who, for the joy that was set before Him."I. So, my brother, if you want to see into the depths and the heights, to see the great white throne and the Christ on it who helps you to fight, you have to go out unto Him beyond the camp, and leave all its dazzling lights behind you.(A. As the gaze of the mariner, steering his vessel through perilous seas, is perpetually fixed upon the compass, so we, voyaging to eternity through the treacherous waters of time, must have eye and heart centred on Christ, as the sole director of our progress. And do you suppose the Saviour knew what He suffered when, "for the joy that was set before Him" — the redemption of the world; an eternity of blessedness for the myriads upon myriads that should find life in His outpouring life; and the glory of the Godhead — "He endured the Cross"? )Looking unto JesusS. We regard the Lord Jesus AS OUR ONLY HOPE OF SALVATION. The great magnet up yonder is drawing us towards itself. For faith is dependence upon God, and surely never did human being so utterly hang upon the Father, nor submit himself so absolutely to be moulded and determined by Him, nor yield his will up so completely to that will. But surely there is a kind of unbelief which should not meet with sympathy, but rebuke. The foundation of joy Jesus has laid; will you build upon it? Well, now, we have heard in a few brief words a little of the joy which Christ set before Himself — and I ask, have we all a mark? He says, "Look unto Me and be saved: for I am God."2. Presently, looking upward, she saw in that part of the heavens immediately above the mouth of the pit a beautiful bright star. And it is important for us very often to ask, for what end were we made? That argument has been devoted to the theme of faith. W. He was skilful in measuring the sizes of planets and determining the position of the stars. The fact that is set down at the bottom of a successful runner the! 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