Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Look to Jesus

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  -John 1:29 

I was watching TV the other night and during a commercial an advertisement came on asking me if I needed help and advice.  If so I was invited to call an 800 number that I might talk with one of their trained psychics.  This person would then tell me my future, give me advice, and help solve my problems.  None of that would be free, of course, but would no doubt be billed to my credit card.  I seem to recall a quote about a fool and his money being soon parted.  Yes, that certainly applies here.  I daily need advice, help and my problems solved, but I didn’t call the psychic hotline; wasn’t tempted and didn’t consider it for a moment.  I choose instead to look to Jesus Christ.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus walking by, he recognized the Lord as being the Lamb of God – the Savior of the world, and John identified Jesus accordingly.  John knew the truth when he saw it, and when he saw the Lord he knew beyond all doubt that the Messiah had come into the world.  We too can make that same association; we can by faith know that Jesus Christ is the true way and that He is our hope of salvation.  We need not look to the false hopes of those who claim to have the answers, but rather we can look to Jesus, for in Him is our hope realized.    

What is our hope?  We desire to be happy, have peace of mind, find fulfillment, figure out how to navigate our way through life, love and be loved, make a positive difference in the world, and when it’s all over make our way into heaven.  Jesus Christ guarantees all of those, and when we look to Him our hope for true life is actualized.  Countless people are searching for something real; something solid and anchored that will not give way as the storms of life howl around us.  Look to Jesus, for He is the One who can anchor our lives with stability and hope. 

Do you need direction?  Look to Jesus.  Do you need forgiveness?  Look to Jesus.  Does life seem too difficult to bear?  Look to Jesus.  Are you at the end of your rope?  Look to Jesus.  Are you trying to make sense of life and all its troubles?  Look to Jesus. 

When we look to Christ we are never disappointed and we are never let down.  You’ve got questions; Christ has answers.  Look to Jesus and trust in Him today.

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