Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, Who inspires and perfects our faith

The Pharisees seemed to be forever asking who Jesus was. Jesus answered their questions in such a way to honor God. He encouraged them to rely on His promises and obey His commands, not withstanding all temptations to evil. In so doing, they would truly be His disciples; and by following Him, they would learn where their hope and strength lay.

In today’s Gospel reading from John, Jesus used the uplifted brazen serpent to picture His own death on the cross. He overcame the very thing that was killing us—sin. The only way for us to be saved is to look to Christ with faith. Let us look to Him daily for encouragement and life!
Jesus is responding to the Pharisees, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.” Jesus reminds His opponents that they will one day recognize Him — when He is lifted up on the cross! He asserts His faith in His Father, witnessing that He is never alone and that even in His extreme suffering His Father is with Him; “The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to Him.”

When we fix our eyes on Jesus lifted up on the cross, in the Resurrection, and at the right hand of the Father in heaven, we will believe in Him, and be crucified to the world. We will die and live in grace, not sin. Jesus promised: “And I – once I am lifted up from earth – will draw all men to Myself” . “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, Who inspires and perfects our faith”

Christ spoke of spiritual liberty! But materialistic hearts feel no pain, other than that, which injures their body or upsets their worldly affairs. Talk to them of their liberty and property, tell them of waste committed upon their lands, or damage done to their houses, and they understand very well. But speak of bondage of sin, of captivity to greed, tell them of the damage they are doing to their precious souls, and you will be saying strange things to their ears. Christ reminds us that those who practice sin are slaves to that sin. Those whom Christ makes free are really free. Free again! Thank God we are free again!


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