Friday, March 5, 2010

Look to Jesus and You Will Live

05 March 2010

Old Testament - Numbers 21:8,9
8. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live."
9. So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

New Testament - John 3:14,15
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
"that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

So look to Jesus, look at the cross, and you will live!

Looking at the cross, to Jesus, implies that we will take our eyes off our circumstances, which is good in itself.

But more than that, when we really look at Him, really see Him as He is now, we will be overcome by His beauty and holiness and glory and majesty and grace. Hallelujah! And we will worship Him. And He will lay His right hand on us.

It is written in Revelation 1:13-18
and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
14. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
15. His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
16. He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
17. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
18. "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."

John fell at His feet as dead, and we will, too. But why wait? We know this is true now! Look to Jesus now!

A song by the Supertones says it this way:

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depths of Your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty, enthroned above

And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You

And let me end with this. There is an old song:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Do it!

Larry Carroll

Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quoted is from the New King James Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers.