| Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2 |
Think for a moment about what Jesus went through. He was crucified, a horrible way to die, after suffering torture and mockery. He knew what was going to happen and yet lived with love and compassion for those around Him, even though He knew at that crucial moment they would all run and hide and abandon Him. More than that, He took all the wrongdoings of the world on Himself. We cannot even begin to imagine or understand the meaning of that. God Himself, who is only pure and righteous, willingly took all the weight and punishment of the sins of those He had created.
No wonder we can’t take our eyes off of Him. Those were our sins, and Jesus willingly did everything it took to take them away. That kind of love keeps us staring at Him, just as we would our dearest love. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus began our faith, and He works through the Holy Spirit to complete that faith. He starts and finishes by forgiving and empowering us. He IS our dearest love.
Now Jesus is back to His place of glory and power. Our savior, the one who loves us more than anyone else could, is also the one who created and rules the universe. What wonder and awe this brings to us, the kind of amazement that keeps us looking at only Him.