ANOTHER LOOK

CONSIDER JESUS

Heb. 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,

I love to think about Jesus, there will never be a time when we can say we have seen all there is of His greatness or His goodness, He is truly past finding out. Paul encouraged us to ‘consider Jesus’. Now we have to remember who these words were addressed to, they were written to the Christians in Jerusalem in the first century. Many of these believers had actually been alive and witnessed the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of our Lord. With that in mind, Paul is encouraging people who had known Jesus in the flesh and in the Spirit to consider Jesus again. What exactly was Paul saying? Andrew Murray often spoke of considering Jesus. Look at this excerpt from Murray’s classic book “The Holiest of All”.

“The word consider, from the root of the Latin word for Star, originally means to contemplate the stars. It suggests the idea of the astronomer, and the quiet, patient, persevering, concentrated gaze with which he seeks to discover all that can possibly be known of the stars which the object of his study are. And Jesus, who is God, who became man, and perfected our human nature in his wonderful life of suffering and obedience and now dwells in heaven to communicate to us its life and blessedness- oh, what reason there is for saying, CONSIDER JESUS. Gaze upon Him, contemplate Him. For some increased stars with devotion, what enthusiasm, what sacrifices are of times witnessed. Oh, let the study and possession of the Son of God waken our devotion and our enthusiasm, that we may be able to tell men what beauty and what glory there is in Jesus.”

This word consider also contains the idea of immersion. Paul is encouraging the Jewish Christians to saturate themselves in this incredible person. He started off this letter saying that Jesus is the outshining of the Father’s Glory, He is the exact image of His nature, and He is upholding the universe by His mighty words. all throughout Hebrews that is exactly what the Apostle is doing, he is considering Jesus. Have you considered or contemplated this incredible person lately. I am not talking about His commands or His blessings. I am not talking about His great works or even His mighty miracles, I am talking about Him. The focal point of the book of Hebrews was the opening up of the holy of holies to whosoever will. The veil of separation has been torn by the sacrifice of the Son of God, the debt has been paid, the sacrifice for man has been accepted, the way into fellowship and intimacy with God has been secured. As we consider Jesus something beautiful takes place, the Holy Spirit comes in all His power and Glory. You see you can never separate Jesus from the Holy Spirit, they are inseparable. So I say with Andrew Murray and the Apostle Paul, CONSIDER JESUS, as you do you will begin the greatest of all adventures, you will actually be on the journey called the new and living way, life behind the veil. This is what you were born for, you were born to consider Jesus. This the place of ultimate satisfaction, this is the place of life evermore.

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