FIX YOUR GAZE ON JESUS
Jesse M. Hendley
Hebrews Ch. 11 and Ch.12
Turn with me now to Hebrews, chapter 12, as we
continue to study about faith. Sometimes chapter
divisions are "in the way" and such is the case at the
end of chapter 11. Chapter 11 does not really end with
verse 40, but goes on to the first three verses in
The writer has pictured for us the great men of faith.
Now he says, "Look away from them all, and fix your
gaze upon the Lord Jesus Christ." Look away from Abel,
and Noah, and Enoch, and Abraham, and Moses, and
Jacob, and Joseph, and Gideon and all the others
listed in chapter 11. They were men of faith, but they
were not the Great Example. Look at JESUS. Look at
Him, away from the things of earth and men and time.
Remember over and over the marvelous life that He
lived. Remember that His was the great example of the
life of Faith. He is the One Whom we are to imitate
Let us read now the conclusion to chapter 11.
'Wherefore, seeing we are compassed about with so
great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every
weight and the sin that doth so easily beset us, and
run with patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our
faith, Who for the joy of that was set before Him,
endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set
down at the right hand of the throne of God."
There are three things that we should notice in this
passage. 'Let us lay aside." "Let us look to Jesus."
Here is a wonderful truth. "Let us lay aside." Lay
aside what? Every weight and sin that doth so easily
beset us." Now if we are going to be men and women of
faith, there are some things that we MUST lay aside.
We MUST, if we are to obtain a good report from God,
if we are going to live the life we ought to live, if
we are going to conquer adversity and trial and
circumstance, if we are going to do things for God on
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