Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus Options, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Matthew 14:28-30, vs. 28 “Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

Peter had the idea to walk on the water with His Lord. Christ blessed Peter’s faith in Him, and Peter walked as long as he kept his eyes and faith on Christ. However Peter began to look upon the waves instead of Christ. We are to keep our eyes FIXED upon Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

He is a fixture, unmovable which we must keep our gaze upon, or we will sink into things that the Lord stands above, and wants us to stand above. Our gaze upon Him causes us to stand above things dealing with money, sexuality, friendships, work, discipline, family issues, relationships, spiritual disciplines, etc…

Wuerst states, “He uses Him as the supreme example to which his readers should look as they run life’s race. The word “looking” is aphorao (ἀφοραο) “to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something.” The word also means “to turn one’s mind to a certain thing.” Both meanings are applicable here, the spiritual vision turned away from all else and together with the mind, concentrated on Jesus. What a lesson in Christian running technique we have in that little preposition “off, away from,” which is prefixed to this verb. The minute the Greek runner in the stadium takes his attention away from the race course and the goal to which he is speeding, and turns it upon the on looking crowds, his speed is slackened. It is so with the Christian. The minute he takes his eyes off of the Lord Jesus, and turns them upon others, his pace in the Christian life is slackened, and his onward progress in grace hindered. Messiah is called the author of our faith.

Keep your eyes on the prize which is Christ, the One who will take His own to the finish line Christ is the archegon (ἀρχεγον), the chief leader of this faith in that He “furnished the perfect development, the supreme example of faith, and in virtue of this He is the leader of the whole believing host of all time”, meditate on the chorus of this hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace”. blessings Pastor Phil.

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