Message From Matt – March 1

Why do we look to 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 
I’m doing a message series on Sundays  called “The Process,”  which is a culmination of truths that I have learned along the way that I have been applying to my life!  In context, the process is about my life (and your life) and specifically the things that are important for us to focus on and help us to grow.  The first thought that I shared was that we oftentimes get mixed up in life because we are trying to do things that only God can do.  Sure, we have responsibilities that God wants us to do, but it is God that controls the outcomes and is responsible for any good results in our lives.  Freedom comes from knowing what God’s work consists of and what our responsibility is!
The second thought is this; in the process, we have to keep our eyes on Christ if we are going to keep from sinking!  
Of course in this context, I think about the passage where Peter walked on the water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus.  When he began to look at the waves and fear, he sank!  It’s a great passage and still true for us today…If we are going to stay above water, we have to continually look to Jesus! But why should we look to Jesus?  
Of course any one would say we should look to Jesus because He is God!  Or because it’s commanded in the Word to look toward Him!  But let me give you a few other reasons…
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith!  He is the originator and completer of what we believe and why we believe it.  His work on the cross and the power of God to raise Him from the dead gives us the motivation to live for Him!
Jesus endured the cross!  I don’t think that He enjoyed it…how could He?  He was human and experienced pain like any of us do!  He was beaten beyond recognition (Isaiah 52:14) and tortured on the cross but He willingly obeyed the will of the Father.  Crucifixion was a horrible way to put someone to death.  The one being crucified was made to kill themselves.  The more that they slid down the cross, the more weight on their lungs there would be and less oxygen would be available. The person would eventually get too tired from constantly trying to keep themselves up and asphyxiation would take place. He endured horrific punishment…BUT, He still did it!
Jesus took the shame!  Not only was the perfect person made a curse on the cross (Galatians 3:13) but He had the embarrassment of being naked for all to see….BUT, He still did it!  
He is seated with the Father!  Now, we look to Him as the One that gives us hope through His resurrection!  He gives us comfort when we are discouraged!  He prays for us on a regular basis!  He is coming again for His church!
So, why do we look to Jesus?  Because He is always there for us to look to!  He is the only one that is completely unconditional in His love and availability!  
Today, you might be experiencing some troubles!  Let me encourage you to look toward Jesus and the Word for help.

Maybe your day is going great and you’re not thinking that you need too much of Jesus today!  Don’t lose focus on Christ even though everything is going well!  Keep your eyes on Him…you always need Him and He is always available.