Always Looking unto Jesus

Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. – John 14:19

Here and there among the crowds of the sightless there were a few chosen men who had received spiritual sight; Christ had been light to them, He had opened their blind eyes, and they had seen Him as the world had not seen Him…We who have the same sight still see Him. Read carefully the words of the verse before us: “Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me.” It is a distinguishing mark of a true follower of Jesus that he sees his Lord and Master when He is not to be seen by the bodily eye; he sees Him intelligently and spiritually; he knows his Lord, discerns His character, apprehends Him by faith, gazes upon Him with admiration as our first sight of Christ brought us into spiritual life, for we looked unto Him and were saved, so it is by the continuance of this spiritual sight of Christ that our spiritual life is consciously maintained. We lived by looking, we live still by looking. Faith is still the medium by which life comes to us from the life-giving Lord. It is not only upon the first day of the Christian’s life that he must needs look to Jesus only, but every day of that life, even until the last; his motto must be, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” …Faith is the life-look. We must never think that we live by works, by feelings, or by ceremonies. “The just shall live by faith.” We dare not preach to the ungodly sinner a way of obtaining life by the works of the law, neither dare we hold up to the most advanced believer a way of sustaining life by legal means. We should in such a case expect to hear the apostle’s expostulation, “Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Our glorifying is that our life is not dependent on ourselves, but is safe in our Lord, as saith the apostle, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Because He lives, we live, and shall live forever. God grant that our eye may ever be clear towards Jesus, our life. May we have no confidence but in our Redeemer; may our eyes be fixed upon Him, that no other object may in any measure or degree shut out our view of Him as our all in all. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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