Turn Your Eyes Upon JesusBro. David Chancellor
11/24/2002 11:00 AM
If we turn our eyes on Jesus we will find something in him that we won't find anywhere else.
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
This tells of Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. The disciples didn't understand this until after his death. Peter, James, and John were a little sleepy during the prayer, but were wide awake when they saw this. Jesus had gone up there to pray. He told them to keep quiet about it until he rose again. The disciples saw Christ transfigured, or glorified. Peter was overwhelmed by it all, and started suggesting building tabernacles. Mankind often gets the wrong focus when going on the path of religion. They need to see Christ. Moses and Elias were there to represent the law and the prophets. The law and the prophets were given so that we could recognize Christ. If it doesn't bring us to Christ, we have missed out. There is no salvation in any other. There's only one name by which we can be saved, Jesus Christ, crucified and risen again. The glory of God rested upon Christ. If you haven't put your faith in Christ, you've missed out. If the blood hasn't purified you from sin, you've missed out. We need our eyes turned on Jesus, and our faith placed in him. It wasn't anything we were or did, but the blood of Jesus that cleanses us. The message of the gospel points out the need so that we can get the help that is needed. Grace showed us the need and when we believed, we were delivered by grace. Jesus can meet our needs and deliver from the power of sin.
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Before faith came we were under the law. The law was there to bring to us the message of Christ. The law points us to Christ. Moses could speak to God as man to man. One was coming like Moses, only greater. The fulfillment of what was given in Moses is come in Christ. Jesus is the one. Jesus is the only one whereby we can be reconciled to God. Now that faith has come, we won't look to the law, but to Christ. Christ in us helps us to fulfill the things of the law. If we are reconciled to God, it's because of faith in Christ. It's not by our works, or because of our heritage. Come face to face with God. Everyone that would be accepted by God needs to put their faith in Jesus. You can work on your relationship with Christ, but you can't work your way into heaven.
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Christ was speaking to the scribes and Pharisees. He told them he came in his Father's name, and they didn't receive him. There are people yet today who are doing this. People follow a man where they wouldn't follow Christ. Christ came speaking the truth, and they said, "Crucify him" and "Put him to death." They crucified him because he said he was the Son of God. You won't reach heaven except by Jesus Christ. "How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not he honor that cometh from God only?" If you don't have the honor that comes from God, you won't make heaven. If you aren't accepted by God, you'll not make heaven. How can you believe when your focus is on the honor of men? These rejected the one that Moses said was coming. Jesus was God come down to man. John makes the point over and over that this was God come down to save our souls. His sacrifice did what no other sacrifice could do. It cleans the heart and makes it pure.
2 Peter 1:16-19
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We also have a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Peter wasn't interested in building tabernacles anymore. Much of what the world of religion follows today are cunningly devised fables. The greatness of presentation isn't what makes the gospel of Christ great. Peter told people what he had seen. How do you see Jesus? Is he high and lifted up in your eyes? Don't settle for just stories; get some firsthand knowledge of Christ. Jesus lived to please the Father. Peter said, "We heard God speak." God would have you hear, too. "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him." He has words of deliverance. When he speaks peace to your soul, things will change. You will be resting in Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled all that the prophets and Moses spoke of him. We don't want to follow anyone but this one. God has spoken to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. God wants us to hear his Son, and to let him save us, deliver us, set us free, and help us to walk with him as Jesus did. The power of God that worked in Jesus is the same power that can work in us today. We should have suffered, but he suffered in our place. Seek him while he can be found. "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." Turn your eyes upon Jesus.