hebrews 12:1 sermon

THE JOY OF VICTORY. As the dove sent from the ark, returning no more, reminded Noah that a new world was blooming for him; so these departed ones who return no more, daily and powerfully remind us that another and brighter world is blooming for us beyond death's cold flood, and in earnest we prepare to leave this storm-tossed ark. Now, I aver that it happens to no individual in his lifetime to experience so much joy as was compressed into the life of Jesus Christ; and a very slight examination of His history would make it incontrovertible. God commands that faith to Himself. Again, it must be no careless or unwilling eye. You know that fire and force are the effect of a supreme affection; how it makes light of difficulties, and changes leaden feet into feet of angel swiftness. You are bringing clouds upon His wisdom, His love, on His power. A great many men lose the prize by dropping out of the text altogether the clause which we have put in italics. You are not to live looking to the disciples, you are not to live looking to the Church for recognition and for sanction, but turning your eyes upwards you are to be in a position to say with Peter, "Lord, Thou knowest all things, Thou knowest that I love Thee." "No," she answers, "but it is all right. We are taught to look away from all else to "Jesus only?' Would it pause at the approach of invading footsteps, or would it — as all beautiful things in this low world — would it fade and be gone? In the second place, if we would look rightly to Jesus, we must look daily to His LIFE OF INTERCESSION, in heaven, as our principal provision of strength and help. Christian knowledge.2. Observe how earnest and intent his face is, and how he never allows his eye to wander for a moment to what is going on round him I His teacher has told him to carry the vessel full of water — full to the very brim, through the bazaar, and to bring it back without having spilled a drop. Religion requires the conquest of sin.3. You feel as if there were a great gulf between you and them. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JOY OF JESUS. Life is a journey; BUT LIFE IS SOMETHING MORE. If there be a joy set before us, who has set it before us? Martin. The first glimpse we get of Him makes us feel the extent of our sinfulness, our unlikeness to Him; and there is nothing so effectual for giving a sense of sin, or for deepening a sense of sin as this looking to the Holy One.2. It must be a believing look. How many tears may the hand of a true Christian wipe away? That the early Christians were always looking forward to a second coming of their risen Master, is a fact beyond all controversy. He could not touch any side of human nature that His soul did not go out in sympathy with it. D. And in this aspect we may almost take the word "Perfecter" here to be equivalent to that of the other idea of rewarder. You also shall have heaven, for He has it; you shall sit upon the throne, for He sits there.2. The full rendering of the expression "looking" is looking away. Hebrews Back to Sermon Archive Hebrews. Martin. We have the battle to fight, not in our own strength, but in the strength which Jesus gives. We see in Him the doer of the Father's will, and we learn to do that will as He did it. Still desirous of an explanation of so strange a phenomenon, she turned her eye downward, and fell to the bottom with fearful violence. You cannot get on with anything. (The Weekly Pulpit. Divine love, yet also human love. A "weight" is that which, allowable in itself, perhaps a blessing, the exercise of a power which God has given us — is, for some reason, a hindrance in our running the heavenly race. In any case the voyage is slow and uncomfortable, as compared with what it should have been. Beautiful; not vanishing, but vigorous; anticipating what it knows to be certain, the final victory of truth and righteousness, having, therefore, its roots in " eternal things." He speaks of it in parable. Saviour.2. "led them back to their original line.(H. That points to the need of looking off from something else, that we may look up to Him. Can we understand this — a joy in doing another's will, not our own? It is described in these words: "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame."2. The joy which redeemed men may diffuse, as well as the joy which they inherit. But we have what is even worse than these. In the third place, if we would look rightly to Jesus, we must look at His EXAMPLE as our chief standard of holy living. It must be a loving look. Samson, a person of passion. Similarly we are prepared to forego a good deal, when once we catch sight of the spiritual acquisitions which beckon to us. It ought to be the consolation of Christians in these latter days as much as it was in primitive times. Do not you suppose that this joy that He saw in the future made Him a man of joy, and not of sorrow? I do not see how it could ever be." God commands that faith to Himself. You also shall have heaven, for He has it; you shall sit upon the throne, for He sits there.2. )The moral influence of departed saintsW. Why, such an idea is false to nature, as it is false to grace. We have to look to Jesus, first, by trusting in that which He has wrought for us. They drew on, and found it not fainter, but clearer, not vanished, not gone, no trick of the sunlight, no passing effect of the cloud; it was a belt of vivid gentians, drawing strength from the rugged rock and unsympathising stone, taking the light and outfacing the heavens with the intensity of its burning blue. No; we will run earnestly. I do not doubt that there have been crowned hours when that martyr to the liberty of Hungary, Kossuth, though an exile, poor and alone, was not unhappy. But surely there is a kind of unbelief which should not meet with sympathy, but rebuke. We have to strive against the whole body of sin, everything which is against the holy will of God, "every evil inclination, all iniquity and profaneness, neglect and haughtiness, strife and wrath, passion and corruption, indolence and fraud, every evil motion, every impure thought, every base desire, every unseemly thought."2. We see in Him one who can take our very place, one who can stand where we should have stood before God, one who can bear what we should have borne, one who can endure what we should have endured.II. Our beatified friends become our moral helpers.I. Those of us who could, got into the shelter of the pier, and, glass in hand, watched the movements of the hard-pressed sloop. His life was a life of faith, whose breath was prayer. "The author and finisher of faith" must be looked to as THE PREACHER AND EXEMPLAR OF CHRISTIAN MORALITY.III. I had not any spare energy to talk or look about, so I kept looking for a couple of hours at the heels of the guide, who was in front and above me. Above them rose a steep rock, up the face of which no human being could climb, and below them was a precipice which went down straight, without a break, for nearly a thousand feet. Beautiful; not vanishing, but vigorous; anticipating what it knows to be certain, the final victory of truth and righteousness, having, therefore, its roots in " eternal things." THE JOY OF HELP. We also begin looking unto Jesus because of what He has wrought in us.II. In the second place, if we would look rightly to Jesus, we must look daily to His LIFE OF INTERCESSION, in heaven, as our principal provision of strength and help. And this is a very common metaphor in the New Testament. The looking and the trusting were one and the same thing. He took it up willingly, and carried it patiently. It needed no signal of distress, for it was within sight of the shore. You treat the foundation as though it were either unnecessary, or as though it were not worthy of your building upon it. We should leave the wreck altogether — leave it behind us, "look away" from it, and jump into the lifeboat. He is the channel which connects us with God. I had not any spare energy to talk or look about, so I kept looking for a couple of hours at the heels of the guide, who was in front and above me. You know that fire and force are the effect of a supreme affection; how it makes light of difficulties, and changes leaden feet into feet of angel swiftness. 1 shall try to explain what I mean by this. The other boy set his eyes on the tree also, and, when he had gone a short distance, he turned, and looked back to see how true his course was. First and foremost, if we would look rightly to Jesus, we must look daily at His DEATH, as the only source of inward peace. To do what the morning does — pour light over darkness. Run, as Jesus ran, and look to Him as you run, that you may run like Him. This, then, may become the stimulating principle of a persevering life, and the question is, HOW CAN IT BE LEARNED? (2) We are not only sustained by looking unto Jesus, but we are inspirited thereby. Let me remind you THAT SUCH BLESSEDNESS IS WON FOR YOU. In the race set before you, what would God say is presently keeping you from being the champion he would like you to be? )Looking unto JesusH. So He perfects our faith. Now, the Lord Jesus bids you look to Him — away from all else — away from your own doing or deserving- away from the godliest and best friends you have. It is said that the Kohei-noor diamond is only half its original size, the other half being in a distant country, where it was found in the possession of some one who used it as a common flint. He will be tempted to make jests of sacred things. "No, but my Jesus is," was his reply.Deliverance by looking to JesusT. Transformation comes by beholding. Faith is the vivid realisation of the unseen; and surely never was there a life lived amidst the shows and illusions of time which so manifestly and transparently was all passed in the vivid consciousness of that unseen world, as was the life of that Son of Man, who, in the midst of all earth's engagements, could call Himself " the Son of Man which is in heaven." She looked round to see if there were any way of getting out; but in vain. And the beloved biographer, who records these traits, himself rising with the dawn to prepare for the demands of his charge. 1. They damage the ship's machinery. That lifeboat came to them as a saviour. and the crucifix! If Christians during the last eighteen centuries had been more like Christ, the Church would certainly have been far more beautiful, and probably have done far more good to the world.IV. I refer more to things that may seem so far harmless at the beginning, but are apt to be repeated and to grow upon one, till they become habits, and rule him and hold him in chains. And it is not merely in business that men put on weights. As we naturally are we cannot take such a thing in — we want to do what we please — we fret at having any restraint put on us. W. Bibb.Two boys were playing in the snow one day, when one said to the other, "Let us see who can make the straightest path in the snow." HE IS OUR ONLY EXAMPLE TO IMITATE. To this end was I born, and for this end would I live in every action of my life. Shall we run negligently, as if we did not care much about it? Why not to himself? At the beginning of the Christian life.2. W. We may well be humbled when we think how unlike the best of us are to our example, and what poor blurred copies of His character we show to mankind. IN WHAT SCENES ARE WE TO LOOK TO JESUS?1. To assist us in forming a Tight judgment of our conduct, and seeing it in a true light, the best method perhaps would be, to put ourselves as much as may be out of the question; to divest ourselves of all concern in it; and to suppose that we are passing judgment, not on ourselves, but on another person.(G. His Good Father said to him, "Clean every day as much as thou coverest, where thou art lying, and all will be in time cleaned." Another sin into which men are led by mere custom, and by nothing else, is the common practice of profaning the name of God.3. He will perfect faith by the implanting in your hearts of His own spirit and His own life. In all their trials and persecutions, under Roman Emperors and heathen rulers, they cheered one another with the thought that their own King would soon come again, and plead their cause. We all need peace. H. Wilson, D. D.)Looking to JesusThe Weekly Pulpit.I. "How can that be?" )LinksHebrews 12:1 NIVHebrews 12:1 NLTHebrews 12:1 ESVHebrews 12:1 NASBHebrews 12:1 KJVHebrews 12:1 Bible AppsHebrews 12:1 ParallelHebrews 12:1 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 12:1 Chinese BibleHebrews 12:1 French BibleHebrews 12:1 German BibleHebrews 12:1 CommentariesBible Hub, II. Now what is wanted is, that the mutineers should be subdued — changed into obedient and right-hearted seamen, or put in irons and kept from doing harm. Faith is communion, and surely never did a spirit dwell so unbrokenly, in such deep and constant realisation of a Divine presence and a Divine sustaining, as did that Christ who could say "the Father hath not left Me alone, for I do always the things that please Him." It is just like a portrait-gallery, containing the likenesses of some of the best men the world ever saw. The answer is found in the twofold aspect of the Cross.1. We have the motive of His sufferings presented as being an unseen reward for Himself, which He brought vividly before Him by the exercise of His faith. "Saw! " Jesus Himself. But the great feature in which the apostle presents Christ to us is His faith. There is no other object worthy of our gaze, no other fitted to fill our souls.3. The husbandman ploughs, not merely to keep himself busy, and with no further end, but ploughs that he may sow; and he sows, not for sowing sake, but sows that he may reap, and reap with advantage. Nothing shatters this destructive imagination more than the triumphant death and exaltation of the saints. The work of Jesus.2. HE IS OUR ONLY EXAMPLE TO IMITATE. Not a single drop has been lost. IN LOOKING, WHAT DO WE LEARN? Maclaren, D. D.Consider the remarkable aspects and relationships in reference to our faith in which Christ is here set forth.I. Loving. The dead are in a state of conscious activity. We must go on patiently under all difficulties. Then, as Himself continuing in faith to the end, He is "the finisher." This, the highest height of all human excellencies, is crowned on the throne of the Crucified, in the person of " Him who liveth and was dead."III. There is the habit of idle and unprofitable reading, not to speak of what is positively bad. )The rule of the raceC. How?1. Now I wish to call special attention before closing to this — that we are to lay aside every weight. )The race set before us"Go ahead" was only half of David Crockett's motto — and not the most important half. He took it up willingly, and carried it patiently. "Why," said the other boy, "I just set my eyes on the tree, and kept them there until I got to the end; while you stopped and looked back, and wandered out of your course." Looking, therefore, as an expectant of blessings. And as maintaining and consummating our faith He is also "the finisher." You cannot copy Him too exactly. And this is the true way to reach consecration and surrender. That just means — she trusted me for it. I can give you better than any of them all — a higher, safer, surer guide." True, the heroes whose names are enrolled in the glorious catalogue of the preceding chapter were before Him in time. The poor men were wet, benumbed, and awkward. Religion requires patience.5. And do you suppose the Saviour knew what He suffered when, "for the joy that was set before Him" — the redemption of the world; an eternity of blessedness for the myriads upon myriads that should find life in His outpouring life; and the glory of the Godhead — "He endured the Cross"? In His exaltation to the throne a new hope dawns on humanity. It is with Him, above all else, that we must have to do.1. (Lady Brassey. Concomitant with this experience was another — that which was connected with the performance of His miracles of mercy. Confess means "to speak the same." And as maintaining and consummating our faith He is also "the finisher." They were not perfect patterns, and so are not safe to be followed in everything. Look at Him on the throne of His triumphant mediation.III. THE HABIT COMMENDED — "Looking unto Jesus." Instead of dwelling in the wilderness, He went into populous cities. And the besetting sin!III. WHERE SHALL WE SEE JESUS?1. The history of Jesus.3. They have been many and great, more than you can count. Remember there is in Christ for you a fulness of acceptance, therefore do not doubt Him; there is fulness of peace, therefore trust Him; there is fulness of life, therefore abide in Him; there is fulness of blessing, therefore delight in Him; there is fulness of power, therefore wait upon Him; there is ful-ness of grace, therefore receive from Him; there is fulness of love, therefore be taken up with Him; there is fulness of teaching, therefore learn of Him; there is fulness of joy, therefore rejoice in Him; there is fulness of fulness in Him, therefore be full in Him; there is fulness of riches, therefore count upon Him; there is fulness of strength, therefore lean upon Him; there is fulness of light, therefore walk with Him; and there is fulness of energy, therefore be subject to Him.(T. IN LOOKING, WHAT DO WE LEARN? )Advantages obtained by looking unto JesusG. He knew that His own would not receive Him, yet to feel that His help was open to " whosoever will" — that He was coming to bring pardon and deliverance and life even to the unthankful — was a joy that outwent the cold manger and the homeless wanderings and the spiteful conspiracies and the bitter Cross — the intense joy of helping the helpless.IV. We may well ask, then, how the " looking unto Jesus" will enable us to compass these objects; in other words, how it will secure that we shall run well our Christian race? And the traveller's heart — though he was a courageous man — began to beat fast, and his head began to swim, until he was in danger of falling over and being killed. The Christian life is an endurance race. Oh, it is when you get to the Crucified you see in the Atonement the way to penitence, the possibility of pardon, the path of peace.4. We see in Him a pattern of all meekness, and submissiveness, and gentleness, and kindness, and we learn from Him to be meek, and lowly, and gentle, and submissive, and kind, and humble — and thus it is that in looking to Him we are changed into His image from "glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord." At other times we will want to refuse to go any farther. The lifeboat was launched and pushed through the surf, and after being carried past the vessel once and again, at length got alongside of those who so much needed help. True faith neither goes away from Christ Jesus, nor takes a roundabout road to Jesus, nor so much as dreams of going beyond Jesus. Yes, it has its roots, remember, in a rugged soil. Now, there are three points about our Lord's work set forth in thence three clauses, all of them somewhat unlike the ordinary tone in which it is spoken of. Concomitant with this experience was another — that which was connected with the performance of His miracles of mercy. 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