Looking To Jesus
(This is a portion of the copyrighted contemporized version
by Dan Augsburger; all rights retained)
“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.” (Heb. 12:2).
“Looking unto Jesus”—in the Bible, to learn who He is, what He has done, what He gives, and what He requires; to find in His character our pattern, in His teachings our instructions, in His precepts our law, in His promises our stay; and in His person and work full satisfaction for every desire and need of our souls.
“Looking unto Jesus”—crucified, to find peace and pardon in the blood He shed for our ransom.
“Looking unto Jesus”—risen again, to find in Him that righteousness which alone can justify us, and through which we may draw near—unworthy though we be—with full assurance in His name; to His Father and our Father, His God and our God.
“Looking unto Jesus”—glorified, to find in Him our advocate with the Father; completing the merciful work of our salvation through His intercession, appearing even now in the presence of God for us, and supplying that which is lacking in our prayers with the power of His prayers which the Father always hears.
“Looking unto Jesus”—as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit, to find—as we constantly commune with Him—cleansing for our sin-stained hearts, illumination for our darkened minds, and transformation of our perverse wills; to the end that we may triumph over the world and the devil—resisting their violence through Jesus our strength, bringing their devices to naught through Jesus our wisdom, and being sympathetically upheld by Jesus who was Himself tempted in all points as we are.
“Looking unto Jesus”—that we may receive from Him each day’s work and each day’s cross, and receive sufficient grace to do the work and bear the cross; patient through His patience, active by His activity, loving with His love, asking not “What can I do?” but “What can He not do?” and relying upon His strength which is made perfect in weakness.
“Looking unto Jesus”—that the brightness of His face may enlighten our darkness; that our joy may be holy and our grief subdued; that He may humble us in order to exalt us in due time, that He may afflict us in order to comfort us, that He may strip us of our self-righteousness in order to enrich us with His own; that He may teach us how to pray and then answer our prayers—so that while we are in the world we will not be of the world, so that our life may be hid with Him in God, so that our words may bear witness of Him before men.
“Looking unto Jesus”—who has ascended to His Father’s house to prepare a place for us; providing a blessed hope that gives us courage to live without murmuring and to die without regret, that when the day shall come to meet the last enemy whom He conquered on our behalf, we shall also have conquered through Him.
“Looking unto Jesus”—who gives repentance as well as remission of sins; to receive from Him a heart that feels its wants, and cries for mercy at His feet.
“Looking unto Jesus”—that He may teach us to look to Him as the author and object of our faith, in order to keep us in the faith of which He is also the finisher.
“Looking unto Jesus”—and to no other.
“Looking unto Jesus”—and not to ourselves—not unto our thoughts, our wishes, or our plans; unto Jesus, and not unto the world—its allurements, its examples, its maxims, its opinions; unto Jesus and not unto Satan—whether he tries to frighten us with his rage or to seduce us with his flatteries. Oh, how many useless questions, uneasy scruples, dangerous compromises with evil, distracted thoughts, vain dreams, bitter disappointments, painful struggles and backslidings we could avoid by looking unto Jesus; following Him wherever He leads, and not glancing at any other way lest we lose sight of Him.
This is only a portion of the total document.
Theodore Monod was a French Protestant pastor who was born November 6, 1836. He trained for the ministry at Western Theological Seminary in Alleghany, PA. From 1860 - 1863 he labored among the French Canadians in Illinois. He returned to Paris and his father’s pastorate in 1875. He was also a popular speaker at the Keswick Campmeetings. First published in French as Regardant Jesus in 1862, it was translated into English as Looking Unto Jesus in 1864. Adapted for contemporary readers and copyrighted by Dan Augsburger 7/6/02; all rights retained.