All excellency, all glory, all beauty, all perfection to be found in Him — unsearchable riches — for in Him "it hath p]eased the Father that all fulness should dwell." Martin.I. "Let us run with patience the race that is set before us," says the sacred writer. He never stopped running till He could sit down at the right hand of the throne of God; and that is the only place where you may sit down.IV. Do you see how this is forbidden by the text? This is indeed a great vanity and a great misery, to lose the labour and gain nothing by that which duly used would be of all others most advantageous and gainful; and yet," he says, "all meetings for religious purposes are full of this." How did our Lord pursue His course?1. It is an awful and mysterious power that which we all possess, of perverting the highest endowments, whether of soul or of circumstances, which God has given us, into the occasions for falling back in the Divine life. In the hour of need. It must be a loving look. In your feebleness, when life is low, when hope is almost dead, when temptations are tyrannous and strong, think of Him, and think in trust. He was not a stone man; He was a living soul, as full of sensibility and fire as the heart of God. What of your pride and vanity? "Looking unto Jesus" for recognition and for sanction. This demonstrates that sometimes we must endure short-term pain to have long-term good. You are in an age when Christianity is attacked with pitiless severity; you need fear no argument against the truth shaking your faith, though it assail your intellect, if the spiritual conditions are fulfilled; but the strength of your stand on the side of the Crucified is not the strength of your degree at Oxford or Cambridge, it is not the power of your intellect; it rests and will rest on moral grounds. It is said that one who thought thus, dreamed that He who had given him his garden to cleanse, came to him and asked him what he was doing. Sin is that which, by its very nature, in all circumstances, by whomsoever done, without regard to consequences, is a transgression of God's law. He is "the author, or prince of faith," being Himself the highest example of faith. But if He were to give you His strength, it would not be so difficult, would it? (Bishop Ryle. And it is not merely in business that men put on weights. And so my text tells us that Jesus is not only "the Leader of faith," but the "Perfecter" of it too. His life was a life of faith, whose breath was prayer. Guthrie. Martin.Everything exists for an end — has its place in God's wide world, and is intended to answer some purpose, to accomplish some end. God says lose the extra weight. We see in Him one who can take our very place, one who can stand where we should have stood before God, one who can bear what we should have borne, one who can endure what we should have endured.II. The first Adam lost faith in God; and no man could set Adam the first up as a prince; but the second Adam maintained faith even in the severest trials, and, therefore, you may call Jesus " the prince of faith."3. Boner, D. D.)Looking unto JesusG. Saints are all those who are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. We see in Him a man that pleased not Himself, and we learn not to please ourselves. Speaking morally, it springs directly out of the self-sacrificing temper, gains, in fact, its unselfish colouring there, teaches us what is the temper, the prevailing atmosphere needful for a useful life. No; for the Lord Jesus Christ is with us all the time, strengthening, encouraging, upholding us.(G. Look to Him as your rewarder, and be of good cheer, and let the prospect of that great crown stimulate and sustain and lift you above the ills and the sorrows of life. Poor and pitiable are the hopes of the moralist or the philosopher who does not look to Christ Jesus as his Redeemer.The Author and Finisher of our faith.The Commander of the faithfulA. Looking to Jesus and running to Jesus will look well and run well together. But in addition to habits of mind and life hindering men from spiritual progress, there are weights imposed by men on themselves, which hinder advance and enfeeble the soul. (John Kempthorne, M. R. The foundation of joy Jesus has laid; will you build upon it? In a world like this, and with a theme like ours, we ought not to be languid, but devoted, eager, consumed with a holy love to God, and with a passion for the souls of men. )A life-mottoJ. We turn from sin not only for what it does to us, but also because of what it does to our Holy Father. And hence the great importance of looking at the matter, and that at once. The merchant sails, not merely that he may sail, but for traffic; and he traffics, not simply for traffic, but that he may be rich. And wherever He went where people were, He shed joy and happiness upon them. And the beloved biographer, who records these traits, himself rising with the dawn to prepare for the demands of his charge. I do not see how it could ever be." Here is a triumph peculiar to the gospel; a triumph far superior to those of kings and conquerors; a triumph over the king of terrors. Lean hard!" He has gone up on high, sitting at the right hand of the throne of God to work for us. He threw himself like a judgment-bolt into the face of rulers. It is an apocalypse showing the heavens to us, and bringing thus its Divine benediction on every life. Away from past failure and success; away from human applause and blame; away from the gold pieces scattered on the path, and the flowers that line either side. The heart of man is naturally proud; and will never be effectually humbled, but by a believing contemplation of the greatest example of humility that ever appeared in the world. He has a better model, even Christ; but a harder task, for his canvas is treacherous and his work is life long.Looking unto JesusC. Loving. You can spread Divine joy — will you? Thus he may multiply his sin beyond all power of thought. Why is it that so many Christians are so miserable, so out of temper, so weak? Humiliation is another advantage derived from looking to Jesus. And in this aspect we may almost take the word "Perfecter" here to be equivalent to that of the other idea of rewarder. That does not look much like His being a Man of Sorrows. 3. Thou wilt have known, in thine own soul, the value of obeying at once any suggestions which, by His Holy Spirit or in thy conscience, He giveth thee to avoid this or do that. Your dearest friends are displeased. said the teacher, "now you can understand how we may be so entirely occupied with some work that God has given us to do, as to be quite unconscious of the sinful pleasures of the world, which strive to attract our attention as we are passing through them."I. Our part is to identify the sin, confess it, repent of it, and then seek the controlling influence of God's Spirit. He says, “To the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. Do not you suppose that this joy that He saw in the future made Him a man of joy, and not of sorrow? Self-oblivion. His human nature had in it the strongest possible faith, and on this account you may call Jesus " the prince of faith." )Joy triumphingJohn Kempthorne, M. A.I. How shall we resist this encompassing influence? "Looking unto Jesus" for recognition and for sanction. Faith is the vivid realisation of the unseen; and surely never was there a life lived amidst the shows and illusions of time which so manifestly and transparently was all passed in the vivid consciousness of that unseen world, as was the life of that Son of Man, who, in the midst of all earth's engagements, could call Himself " the Son of Man which is in heaven." We must not loiter and linger as children returning from a summer's ramble. Marsh. They cannot sink, but they are so saturated with inconsistencies, and worldliness, and permitted evil, that they can only be towed with difficulty into the celestial port. Their backs being turned to the sun, they can see only their own shadows, and are, therefore, wholly taken up with themselves. They were not perfect patterns, and so are not safe to be followed in everything. I remember being asked this, and I could not help replying, "I have got Him, and with Him all the its." The joy of Jesus was the joy of God Himself in the salvation of the lost.5. Like the champions who have gone before us, we aren't perfect either, we all carry a lot of weight with us throughout life that tends to impede our spiritual progress. Let us next consider our Lord Jesus as THE PATTERN OF OUR FAITH. As the dove sent from the ark, returning no more, reminded Noah that a new world was blooming for him; so these departed ones who return no more, daily and powerfully remind us that another and brighter world is blooming for us beyond death's cold flood, and in earnest we prepare to leave this storm-tossed ark. Now such is the joy of the spirit. )Jesus and faith"Is your faith strong?" We answer, By looking unto Jesus. We have to look to Jesus, first, by trusting in that which He has wrought for us. "Looking unto Jesus "-we are to lean upon Him as our strength. The lifeboat was launched and pushed through the surf, and after being carried past the vessel once and again, at length got alongside of those who so much needed help. He can have no fear of wanting anything. Try to imagine their situation! 11. You see in this God-man, the Sin-bearer, "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." This story has always reminded me of " looking away" unto Jesus, and of His leaving us an example that we should follow His steps.III. We may well be humbled when we think how unlike the best of us are to our example, and what poor blurred copies of His character we show to mankind. Lay aside every weight — sin of every kind — but particularly —1. 2. It is in our power to maintain the authority of reason, to oppose the corruptions of our nature and the dominion of evil habits; to resist seducements from objects without, and temptations from passions within us. They always complained of dulness of vision when they looked in the heavenly direction. 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