Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Key Bible Verse: The Son radiated God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. (Hebrews 1:3)

Dig Deeper: John 1:14-17

[In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul said,] “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (NASB).

We change as we behold the glory of the Lord.  But notice how we change.  It doesn’t say that when we see the glory of the Lord we want to change, although that is true.  It’s more than that.  We “are being transformed.”  On the spot.  Changed.  Right there.

That is the power of the gospel.  That is the glory of God in the face of Christ.  It is a thing so spectacular, so breathtaking, so wonderful, so powerful, that we are fundamentally rewired when we encounter it.  And that is a theme scattered all over the Bible.  Whenever human beings encounter God, they are not simply impacted, they are changed.

And the amazing thing is, none of them were trying to change.  They just were changed.

Sometimes, when I ask people if they are a Christian, they respond with this answer: “I’m trying to be.”

This articulates a misunderstanding of the religion.  Christianity’s first call is not “Behave!” but “Behold!”  It is first a call to see Jesus.

– Matt Papa in Look and Live

My Response: What changed in me when I first believed the gospel?

Thought to Apply: A heavenly light more brilliant than all others sheds its radiance everywhere … Christ mighty and immortal, shines upon all creatures more brightly than the sun. – Hippolytus of Rome (early church theologian, writer)

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