Picture of Jesus by Ariakne, aged 8. Click for source.
There’s a song we used to sing when I was younger, called ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon a Jesus’. I believe it was written by Helen H. Lemmel. These are the words:
O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conquerors we are
His word shall not fail you He promised
Believe Him and all will be well.
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell
It’s the chorus I’m particularly interested in. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace”
I must confess, that for me, the things of earth shine very brightly and I don’t know how to turn my eyes upon Jesus, I don’t know what it feels like to look full in His wonderful face. But, I’d like too.
I believe the verse it is based on, is the beginning of Hebrews 12:2:
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. (Good News Bible).
But I’m not sure what this means.
What does it look like to ‘keep our eyes fixed on Jesus?’,
What do people see?
Do you fix your eyes on a specific image of Jesus? Like having Him next to you? Or is it simply a reminder to look heaven-ward? And what does that mean?
Do some people actually develop a way of fixing their eyes on Jesus?
Have some people discovered a way of looking ‘full into His wonderful face”.
Or is it just a way of holding Jesus before us, to make sure we are following Him. To make sure He is first, visible?
I have no doubt God is the one on whom my faith depends from beginning to end. But, I would love to know how to keep my eyes fixed on Him, to look fully into His wonderful face.
What does this look like?