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
What does the Bible mean when it encourages us to ‘fix our eyes on Jesus?’ Does it mean we need to stare at a painting of Jesus that is hanging on a wall? Of course not, so what does it mean? Looking to Jesus is not about looking with your natural eyes, but with the eyes of your heart. To fix your eyes on him is to believe the reality of who he is. It is to believe what he has accomplished on your behalf on the cross. It is to see him in your heart as your loving redeemer. It is to communicate with him with complete assurance based on his finished work. The apostle Paul spent his entire life praying for, and encouraging, the early church to see Jesus with the eyes of their hearts.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19
It is not enough to just see Jesus based on our own opinions and ideas; we need to give our heavenly Father the permission to reveal the glorious truth of his Son to our hearts and minds. We need to believe upon the fullness of Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth, some saw him as a good man, but that was not who he was. Some saw him as a prophet, but that was not who he truly was. Some saw him as a miracle worker, but even that was not who he truly was. Although all of these aspects were part of who he was, they were not who he truly was.
We need to accept that Jesus is not just a good man, he is not just a godly prophet and he is not only a miracle worker. Jesus is the Son of God! The only one who carried our sins and pardoned us freely. He is the one who has established a brand new covenant between God and mankind, not based on our works but on his grace! Until we accept the new covenant of his grace, we can never see the full reality of Jesus.
He is the one who, by his perfect atoning sacrifice, has made us holy and blameless in the eyes of the Father forever. He is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father and now lives to intercede for us. He is the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God’s glory. He is the one who completed the perfect finished work of the cross so that we may now be not only forgiven but also sanctified, justified and glorified! He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He holds the whole universe together!
Jesus is united to his church in Spirit and by his grace we have become his holiness and righteousness. He is the one who is able to make men perfect before God through his perfect atoning sacrifice upon the cross. When we see him for who he truly is, in all his greatness and glory, and believe with our hearts that it is true the result is that our hearts no longer hide from God; rather, our faith freely grants God permission into the deepest parts of our hearts to do amazing things in and through us.