Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
What does it really mean to fix your eyes on Jesus? Does it mean that we walk around constantly lifting our heads towards heaven?
Fixing our eyes is literally a heart expression, it means just like a runner must focus on the finish line, we must focus on Jesus as the goal and the object of our faith. The fact that He is the “author” and perfecter of our “faith”means that our faith has its beginning in Him and is completed in Him. For He is both the start and the finish of our race of faith. In our race of faith, we look to Jesus as our example.
The joy that caused Christ to endure his suffering and look beyond the shame of death on the cross was the anticipation of the personal relationship He would have with each of us who receives and follows Him. His suffering on the cross proves how much He values and desires a deep personal relationship with each of us. But His sacrifice, he bridged the gap that our sin had created between God and people and He restored the opportunity for us to enter a right relationship with God for eternity.
Food4thouht: When you and I get this into our spirit it’s worth the race that we run, for the outcome is to be in eternity with Jesus, AMEN