Why do we need to look at Jesus.
1 He is worthy because He showed us the example of keeping focus in times of difficulty, trial, danger and even death.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
He despised the shame and endured the pain of the cross Our Lord fixed His gaze, vision and attention on the Joy that was set beyond Him
He never took off His focus and He achieved His purpose in life and now sits at the right hand of God .
He has experienced it all, He is our High priest who has seen it all and He can identify with our plight so We can look up to Him.
2 He commanded it Himself that if we must be delivered from sickness, and eternal death and damnation we must look at Him.
John 3: 14
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
In the wilderness there was a plague and God commanded Moses to make a bronze serpent, hang it on a pole and lift it up whoever suffered snake bite should look at the bronze serpent and be healed and it was so.
So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
So our Lord said look at me as Iam lifted up on the cross and be saved and live eternally. If a bronze snake can heal at God’s command then Jesus can heal the more.
Looking at Jesus goes to the foundation and perfection of our faith because the author and finisher, He is the beginning and the ending of our faith.
When we focus all our attention on Him He is able to heal us body, soul and spirit and give us eternal life where He sits on the right side of God and make us to sit with Him.
So look to Jesus and live.
Your Bishop and Friend