Looking Unto Jesus
Introduction: Many times we use clichés in preaching such as “trust Jesus.”
But that particular phrase or arrangement of these two words is not found
in Scripture. However, many times we are told to trust the Lord and the
Bible tells us that Jesus is the Lord.
Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God,
my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my
salvation, and my high tower.
Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Psalms 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in
Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that
putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is
1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we
trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those
The Bible tells to “believe” in Jesus Christ that a person be saved. The
word means to put have faith, and to put one’s trust in Jesus Christ, which
means making a commitment to Him. There is no such thing in the Bible as
saving faith without a commitment. That commitment is the result of
salvation and means to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus.
The phrase “trust in Jesus” has many applications in our lives. We put our
trust in the Lord in many ways.
There is another phrase often used that is found in God’s word. It is
instruction that also convenes a powerful and live changing message. That
phrase is found in Hebrews 12:1-3 and it is the action of belief and trust
in Jesus Christ.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily
beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy
that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set
down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured
such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint
in your minds.
Note the phrase, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our
The statement’s context is important to understanding it full meaning. The
statement follows Hebrews 11 which is the Bible’s “Hall of Faith.” Here are
examples from history of men God greatly used who lived by faith in
challenging times and we called upon by God to carry out difficult tasks.
The one thing common to these men and women was their faith in God. They
believed Him, accepted His words as truth, realized that it was God their
Creator who called them to salvation and service and therefore they put
their trust in God and obeyed Him. Obeying Him simply means they accepted
His will and purpose for their lives.
These faithful men and women were not perfect, and were the same as you and
I. They had the same carnal nature, the same desires, the same lusts, the
same pride and fallacies you and I are subject too. Yet they were
victorious in accomplishing God’s will for their lives and are at the
moment enjoying Heaven in the presence of the Lord and receiving the
blessings of Heaven.
Hebrews 11 gives these people to us as examples and Chapter 12 begins by
telling us that “. . seeing we also are compassed (“surrounded by”) about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the
sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
I. When our eyes are on Jesus we can lay aside or overcome those things
that hinder us from coming to a full and mature relationship and service to
A. Is there something that may be hindering you from fully living for the
1. Is it your sinful nature? It is always there to hinder us in living and
serving the Lord. It is there to tempt us, to discourages us. If we give
the old carnal attention it will keep our eyes, meaning our hearts and
desires from seeing Jesus Christ. He is the only way to overcome “the sins
that so easily beset us.”
2. Is it your family? Abel, had a brother that hated and killed him.
Abraham’s father was an idol maker. His nephew Lot was a selfish and a
burden to him. Joseph was hated by his brothers and sold into slavery. He
was then falsely accused of advances to his master’s wife and thrown in
3. Is it living in a sinful family or worldly education? Moses was the
Pharaoh’s adopted son.
4. Is it past sins? Thank of Rahab who was a harlot before she trusted in
the Lord. David sinned by committing adultery and murder. Moses who
disobeyed God and struck the rock in anger. Abraham who lied twice about
Sarah being his wife.
5. Read 11:35-39. In great difficulty even in the face of death these
people believed God and followed what God said.
6. It was not easy! It was difficult, hard and demanding to do as God said.
They were all greatly opposed and all suffered for following the path God
had laid out for them. They all stumbled at times, but one thing that is
common to them all was that they continued on. Their faith in God was real
and they all looked unto Jesus is the author and finisher of their faith.
Yes, it was Jesus the coming Savior that God the Father promised that they
longed and hoped for. All of them as verse 39 says, in this life, did not
see the promise.
B. Do you fully understand what Hebrews 11:29 is saying: They, by faith,
lived obeying the Lord and all died never seeing in this life, the full
reward or benefit of their faith.
1. Compare that to the message of today being taught by most preachers and
churches. The message today is that our reward is earthly.
2. Many are being taught that the benefit of believing in Jesus Christ and
being born again is health and wealth in this life.
3. Are there real and sure gains to being a Christian in this life? The
answer is certainly there is!
Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear
unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry,
which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jesus in John 14 expressed this joy with these words;
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
it be afraid.
C. Jesus said the peace and joy we have is not the same as the world
defines joy and peace. I think many Christians think in worldly terms of
peace and joy and are greatly disappointed when their worldly expectations
are not fulfilled.
This peace and joy also can cause one to be happy no matter what the
Job said,”Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise
not thou the chastening of the Almighty:” (Job 5:17) To many professing
Christians are unhappy, and often sharp with others, intolerant of what
1. Many have doubted the reality of their salvation because their
expectations were earthly ones.
2. Yet, our hope and faith in not in worldly solutions, but in heavenly
one’s that come for God.
3. The child of God who understands this will be at peace with him or her
self and will not be tossed about the storms of live.
4. We have times of peace in this life. There are times when things go well
and we have few cares. Yet, we do not need strength in these times. It
takes no strength to enjoy good times and be happy. It is the times when
trouble comes that we need strength that comes from the Lord. This is why
the Lord tells us to “Look to Jesus” who is the author and finisher of our
D. He too endured the greatest personal suffering the world has ever known.
1. He was God, come to earth to redeem men from their sins and yet His own
people hated Him. Even His mother Mary, did not understand Him or His
purpose. She sent his step brothers to bring Him home. His own people,
God’s chosen people, rejected Him. Instead the receiving and following Him
for His message of truth and salvation the multitudes followed Him for the
food He gave them.
2. He healed the sick of every disease fulling proving He was God and their
Messiah, but they sought to kill Him and He had to flee to Galilee to the
area where the less religious Jews lived to find sanctuary from the
religious leaders in Israel.
3. Note was Hebrews 12:2 says “. . .who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.”
4. You see there was a purpose and victory that was won in the enduring of
the cross and its shame. Friends, there exists no victory without a war or
some trial or difficulty that seeks to destroy us.
II. Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
A. Our faith is in Him....that means His purposes and His plan. Our plan
would be to never have any trouble...we would that everything would go
smoothly. No challenges, no difficulties, not trouble, no
disappointments...just an uneventful life.
B. Yet, God’s plan is that we grow and mature. Is it not difficult for a
child to learn. If the baby lies in his crib and never moves he will be a
peace, but what kind of life would that be? A baby has to experience the
bruises and cuts from falling to learn to walk.
1. It is totally unrealistic to think that everything in this life will be
all “roses” and good times. That is not the way life is. Yes, we seek for
times without trouble.....and we live expecting good times.
C. In Hebrews 11 all these people have hope too. Their hope was in God and
they believed His promises.
1. Abel was opposed by his brother and brutally murdered for this faith.
2. Encoh lived in an evil age 600 years before the Flood. He saw every
sinful act man could do...yet he was not deterred from walking with God.
3. Noah lived in this same time and preached 120 years the message of
salvation and only his family...eight souls believed. He saw the world
destroyed. He believed in God all this time and kept obeying the Lord
building that great boat. There was a day when the rains came that he was
glad he had.
4. Abraham believed God and left his home, the false faith of this father
and journeyed south into a strange land believing God’s promise that he
would be a great nation and be given a land.
5. Moses faced the most powerful ruler in the world at that time. God told
him he was to lead Israel out of Egypt....and he did. It was not easy and
it was a difficult task. He lead the people out of Egypt physically, but
Egypt and its sinful ways were still in the hearts most of the people. Yet,
even when they murmured and opposed him, even his own sister and
brother...he kept looking unto the author and finisher of his faith.
6. Joshua marched around a city following God’s instructions. He followed
the Lord in each battle and saw the victories. Yet, the people never really
every fully followed the Lord. They stopped before the victory was
complete. They married and let their children marry the
Canaanites...against God’s clear command and they never lived for any
length of time in peace because of their disobedience.
7. Rahab was a lying harlot and traitor to her city. She believed God in
spite of the pressures she was under and God saved her. She is in the
genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
8. All the thirteen judges of Israel believed God and were used by God to
deliver that nation. Gideon defeated thousands of Midianites with only 300
men.....and God on his side.
1. Are we getting the picture now? Our hope is in the future. It is in a
future the Lord has promised to us. Yes, we can have joy, peace, and
happiness here. Job was a righteous man, but these things were taken from
him. Yet, God in His Time restored Job’s prossession. But that connot
compare with what Job is experiencing now.
Hebrews 11:35- 40 says, “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the
violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made
strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured,
not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of
bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were
tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was
not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and
caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through
faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for
us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
2. They all received a good report through faith. They believed God, lived
obeying God in the face of every difficulty live could throw at them. They
are now experiencing the result of their faith.
3. But if Jesus Christ is to be the author of our faith....we must believe
and allow Him to be our Savior and strength. There were many others did not
believe. The Bible is full of the names and stories of those who refused to
believe in God. They too are experiencing the results of the lack of their
faith. In Hades they await the final judgment of God and the eternal fires
of the Lake of Fire.
4. One of my favorite passage of Scripture is 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Paul
expressed his sure hope in his following the Lord. He said,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which
the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me
only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
5. The pleasure seekers of our day who live for the world and present
earthy things are going to be greatly disappointed, both in this life and
the live to come.
6. I close the message with God’s very words on the matter. His loving
instructions given to us. Hebrews 12:25-29,
“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who
refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn
away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth:
but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only,
but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of
those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things
which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which
cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.”