Friday, July 09, 2010

Lift Up Your Eyes

Usually when we read in the Bible about someone "lifting up his eyes," we just think it's about somebody looking at something. "Yoohoo! Looky over there. See that?"

Jesus tells Nicodemus that the Son of Man must be lifted up -- at His crucifixion (John 3).

Isaiah sees the Lord lifted up and the angels crying, "Holy, holy, holy" (Isaiah 6).

In the movie Passion, we notice time and again how the people at the foot of the cross look up to see the Man hanging there. Really, there is no way to "fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith," without looking up.

When we sit in the pews at church, we must look up to see the crucifix. When we kneel in the confessional, our eyes look up to see the cross hanging over our pastor's heart.

Psalm 121 --
I will lift up my eyes to the hills.
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

Jesus was crucified on a hill ...
whence cometh my help.

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