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Fully Observing Jesus
7/22/2015

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, Hebrews 3:1 (NKJV)

As Christian men and women we are exhorted to consider the High Priest of our confession — Christ Jesus (Heb. 3:1).  But what does it mean to “consider Christ”?

This word consider used here is from the Greek word, katanoeo, kat-an-o-eh´-o; which means, to Observe fully; it is to Behold, to Consider, or to Discover.

Q:         Why do you suppose we are urged to observe Jesus fully?

I believe it is because as we continue to observe our Lord fully, we will see all of His majesty and splendor — we begin to see Him for who He really is, as we begin to know Him.   And as we consider what Jesus has done upon the cross of Calvary and we observe His Word we will begin to discover His perfect will for our lives.  To consider Jesus is actually part of God’s perfect plan for our lives, because it helps us to keep our minds fixed upon Him.  He knows when we do this we will begin to understand Him, and as we do this our faith and trust begin to grow, resulting in our having a perfect peace regardless of what we may be facing or enduring.   

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

I think the single most damaging thing to us as followers of Jesus is when we choose to not keep our minds fixed upon Jesus — instead we put our minds on the world, and on things we desire.  We put them on what we don’t have, and on the negative things we are dealing with — the wind and the waves, so to speak (cf Matt. 14:28-32).  And as a result we are filled with all sorts of doubt, worry, and fear — we become anxious, and this leads to anger or depression.  If we are to be victorious in our Christian walk then we must consider Jesus — we must keep our eyes upon the author and finisher of our faith. 

Jesus told His disciples, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me” (Matt. 11:29).  Notice He didn’t say, “Learn about me.”  As we observe Jesus’ actions through His Word, and as we study the Scriptures to find His perfect will for our lives, we are considering Jesus.  If we do these things continuously then we will be blessed continuously.  I know this because Jesus proclaimed it. 

"If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them..." John 13:17 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose today to consider the High Priest of our confession—Jesus Christ. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 13:17 what are we promised for our obedience?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you keeping your mind fixed upon Jesus and His Word throughout your day?  Can you see how the enemy attempts to distract you from doing this?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to take your thoughts captive and really concentrate on observing Jesus fully each and every day.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your guidance and blessings upon my life.  Thank You for showing me how I can be blessed each and every day.  Help me to remember these things when I am tempted to fix my mind upon other things.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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