A Short Study of Hebrews 12:2
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
My friend, salvation is in “looking unto Jesus.” It is not in looking unto baptism, looking unto morality, looking unto “church membership”, looking unto keeping the commandments, looking unto living by the golden rule, or looking unto coming to church. It is looking unto Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King. It is looking unto Him alone. It is not in looking unto your humility or obedience, but in looking unto Him who “humbled Himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
It is looking unto His blood and righteousness for cleansing from sin and acceptance with God. It is looking unto Him as God who is almighty to save. It is looking unto Him as Man who lived, suffered, bled, died and arose that God might be a just God and a Saviour. It is looking unto Him as the only Mediator between sinful men and a holy God. It is looking unto Him and not unto yourself. “Look unto Me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none other.” (Isaiah 45:22)
I’ve heard people say various things over the years about their desire for assurance of salvation.
- “I don’t think I feel my sin enough.” Stop looking to your feelings and look to Christ.
- “I don’t think I have repented enough.” Stop looking to your repentance and look to Christ.
- “I don’t think I have wept enough.” Stop looking to your tears and look to Christ.
May the Holy Spirit turn the eyes of the soul away from everything else and enable you to simply, truly, whole-heartedly look unto Jesus Christ alone for life, for salvation, for acceptance, for pardon and for righteousness. “And ye are complete in Him.” (Colossians 2:10)