Advent Devotional: Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

The Lord has been reinforcing this truth in me during this season of life. God has been reminding me over and over that when I take my eyes off Him, I can get easily distracted with the troubles of this world. I begin to focus on myself instead of on others. I begin to complain, groan, and feel hopeless.

Jesus entered this world because of love. He endured the cross and scorned its shame by conquering death. A lot of the time we end the story there. But Hebrews goes on to say, “and [He] sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is our Advocate, our Intercessor, and our High Priest. This truth has brought me much joy.

Hebrews tells us Christ is praying for us to the Father. All that we do and say in service to God is to the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit draws us near, and we pray with Christ. Jesus Christ, in turn, shapes our prayers and presents them to the Father in joy and thanksgiving. The reverse is also true. The Father shows us love and grace through the Son and by the Spirit. This is how we know we are sons and daughters of God, by which we cry, “Abba, Father.” We are to fix our eyes on Christ, who lifts us up to the Father by the Spirit. In this Advent season, I hope the Lord may reveal a new part of Himself to you, just as He has to me. Do you have your eyes fixed on Jesus?

Derik Heumann is an M.Div. and M.A. Biblical Studies student at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a Conference Ministerial Candidate in the Southern Michigan Conference of the FMC.