Looking unto Jesus… Let us look to Him, not as if we were sinless, but because we are sinners, measuring the very greatness of the offence by the greatness of the sacrifice which has atoned for it and of the grace which pardons it. “For one look that we turn on ourselves,” said an eminent servant of God (McCheyne), “let us turn ten upon Jesus.” “It is very sure,” said Vinet, “that one will not lose sight of his wretched state by looking at Jesus Christ crucified—because the wretched state is, as it were, graven upon the cross—it is also very sure that in looking at one’s wretchedness one can lose sight of Jesus Christ; because the cross is not naturally graven upon the image of one’s wretchedness.” And he added, “Look at yourselves, but only through Jesus Christ.” Looking at your sin only gives death; looking at Jesus gives life. That which healed the Israelite in the wilderness was not his considering of his wounds but his looking to the serpent of brass (Num. 21:5-9).
We do not look to Him just so we can feel good about ourselves. Though there is much in this Savior given for us that makes us feel good and even good about ourselves. For example, we can measure our worth to God in the preciousness of the blood draining down from the cross. Still at the cross we also learn the wretchedness of our sins. An inventory of our own personal sins does not begin to reflect the severe offense of our actions. The horrible weight of sin is not understood even with a look down into the mouth of hell itself. It is known most fully in a look up, upon the cross. The Son of God, sinless, good and holy, battered, condemned, sin for us; this is the only complete portrayal of our sin’s wretchedness. And yet it is only by looking at that most wretched portrayal of our sin that we can find the one complete and full answer for it.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:7-9
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:14,15
Can We Pray? Father if I must learn my sin and that I must, let me learn it fully here where flows within the horrid view of my sin and your wrath against it, the hope of all the ages, my deliverance and my peace. In Jesus Name Amen