Looking Unto Jesus



IN Christ, riding gloriously on in his redeeming work, the Bible finds the burden of its theme. He is the Alpha and Omega; “the author and finisher of our faith;” the one who devised the method by which lost man can be saved, and who will bring it to its glorious finish. Hebrews 12:2. The Bible opens with his work as creator, it closes with is coming again as redeemer. Through all the ages, he is the subject of its praises and its prophecies. Ere man left the garden of Eden, he was introduced as the coming “seed of the woman,” which should bruise the serpent’s head. Genesis 3:15. He was in Noah warning the wicked antediluvians of a coming flood. 1 Peter 3:19, 20. Melchisedec, king and priest of the Most High God, was his representative. Hebrews 7. He was typified by Abraham and Isaac. Galatians 3:16; 4:28. As prophet and leader, he was prefigured by Moses. Deuteronomy 18:15. He was with the church in the wilderness (Exodus 32:34), a pillar of cloud by day, and of fire by night. Exodus 13:21. His coming to this world at his first advent, was plainly predicted, and the time of his manifestation as the Messiah was marked by a definite and easily computed prophetic period. Daniel 9:25. As a sacrifice and offering, psalm and prophecy sound his praises. As a merciful high priest, who can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, apostles magnify his name. While the ecstatic visions of the glory that shall be revealed, when he shall set up that kingdom which shall harbor neither sin nor death, and have no end, have thrilled with rapture bards and kings, prophets and apostles, have called forth the highest and sweetest notes of angelic anthem and heavenly song, and excited even among the angels a desire to search into the marvelous theme. 1 Peter 1:11, 12. LUJ 44.1

Thus, when the apostle bids us look unto Jesus, we are called to no limited vision. To behold him in all his ways and works, our eyes must sweep the whole horizon round. If we look for the creator of all things, we see Jesus. If we search for the redeemer of the world, it is to Jesus we are brought. Do we look for the center around which all God’s plans and purposes revolve? there is Jesus. Do we yearn for a sacrifice of such merit that it can reach to the deepest taint of sin? we find it in Jesus. Do we look for an offering so worthy that God can accept it for a guilty world? again we see Jesus. Do we long for one who can bear the burden of human woes, the world’s sicknesses and sorrows, and so our own? we find the compassionate One, and lo! it is Jesus. Do we look at the course and ask the significance of human history? it is found in Jesus: for real history is but the record of the development of God’s plans for the accomplishment of his work in the world. “Ancient history converged to his cross; modern history has received from him its organizing law.” 1 Modern history radiates from the mount of Calvary. And all events are controlled directly or indirectly to the carrying out of God’s gracious designs for his people. If we look to the unnumbered sepulchers of the holy dead, our minds are turned to Jesus, who will raise them. If we contemplate the destiny of the righteous living, again we look to Jesus: for PICTURE AND TEXT
he is coming for them. If we look to prophecy, we see Jesus; for it is of the times of restitution which he will ordain, that all the holy prophets have spoken since the world began. Acts 3:19-21. And if the mind desires to dwell on the future inheritance of the saints, there still we see, in all his glory, the beloved Jesus; for he it is who establishes the kingdom, and bids the blessed of the Father to enter in and possess it forever and ever. Matthew 25:34. Thus, in whatever direction we look, above or below, to things near or afar off, to the past, present, or future, in every Bible doctrine, in every practical truth, at the summit of every divine plan, at the end of every vista, we see Jesus, the sum and substance, the center and circumference, of every anticipated joy, the One altogether lovely, the chiefest among ten thousand, under God, the all in all.
LUJ 45.1