LOOK TO JESUs
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Look to Jesus
Charles Spurgeon, credited as the greatest preacher in the history of the English World, read a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress while plundering through his grandfather’s belongings. Through this book he became aware of his sinfulness and depravity. He carried this guilt for some time and desired so anxiously to be relieved of it. He went from church to chapel hearing message after message and was so despondent he would do anything to relieve this burden of sin and guilt.
One morning it was snowing very heavily in his village and so he attended the Primitive Methodist Chapel that was very close to his home. When he arrived, there were about 15 people in attendance and even the preacher himself wasn’t there. A man in the church came forward to preach and he read a passage from Isaiah which said,
"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the Earth."
This man preached as best he could, which was feeble at best, exhorting his hearer to look unto God for salvation. It was then and there that Spurgeon found the answer for which he sought. He immediately looked to God and according to his own testimony, his guilt and his sin fell from him like shackles to the ground. –copied
The life of a church member is often filled with religious activities. Bible studies, small groups, work days, youth groups and outings, board meetings, committee meetings, visitation of the sick and prospective members and more are added to regular church and Sunday School attendance each week. Most of these are great, if kept in their proper context and if we don’t leave out our family responsibilities. But, I’m afraid that there may be some who think that doing all this religious activity is going to impress God and help them to get saved. While some, if not most, can have value to spiritual growth and growth of the church family, none of them can save anyone.
The only way anyone will be saved is to look to Jesus Christ and lift him up. Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:14-15 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
Nothing we do as Christ followers or a congregation of them is of value unless Christ is lifted up and central to the focus. Salvation and spiritual strength comes from and through him alone. If you look to Jesus your results will be the same as those received by that great pastor, Charles Spurgeon. Look to Christ and be saved.
This Sunday we will share another message for the new year from the third chapter of John. Last week we talked about the new birth and becoming a new you. This week’s message is New Year; A Renewed Vision based on John 3:14-18. I hope you will come and renew your vision for Jesus with the rest of us.