Did you really look unto Christ? Many people say that they have but have they really? Lets us start with a verse Jesus started His ministry with. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) Here we find out one must turn from something to an object. So many people are quick to point out repentance is a change of mind. If your action never followed your mind never changed. To repent is to turn in a new direction from sin. It is to stop your rebellion against God and surrender your life unto King Jesus. To repent is to not trust in anything you can do to save yourself. This brings us unto what are we turning to. We are to turn unto Christ Jesus. We are to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the gospel – Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) Is this what you really did?
Hebrews 12:2 starts out, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of faith.” What is the object of your faith? So many people are really quick to say, “Jesus.” Amen, yes it must be Jesus! Is this really what they believe? Let me ask you a different question to see if this is really the case. What must a person do to be saved? So many people will say here to accept Christ. Do you see the problem with that statement? Does that match what Jesus Commanded in Mark 1:15? No, it does not. The problem is that this makes a decision the object of your faith and not Jesus Christ. That means you are trusting in something you did and not the gospel. Remember the last part of our verse is the author and finisher of our faith. If you are saved because you made a decision who would that make the author of your faith? Right, that would make it the person who made the decision. Jesus, in Mark 1:15, is commanding you to repent and believe not asking.
The word “repent” comes before believe and is not the object we turn to. Many people will ask, “Did I repent enough to be saved?” When doing this it makes repentance the object of your faith and not Jesus. This is where you need to look unto Christ and be saved. Christians are not sinless and Christians will live a life of repentance. To look unto repentance you will always fall short. We find out Jesus is the finisher of our faith. It seems to mean Jesus will keep us saved and is why we are saved. This is why we look unto Him. It is all about Jesus. This means it is not about you. Turn from anything else you have made the object of your faith.