Summary: He has patiently been waiting - longing since the foundation of the world for you to look into His eyes, and melt in love before Him.
Sermon: Don’t look into His eyes!
Power points of Jesus’ eyes, face looking at us:
(Make the following statements as you progress through slides 1-7)
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want revival!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want to change!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want Holiness!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want to see the fire of the Holy Spirit!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want to be convicted of your unworthiness!
Don’t look into His eyes if you want to remain in bondage!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want something new and fresh!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want to sacrifice for His Kingdom!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want to leave your life of sin!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want a healing to come to your land!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want your kids delivered from drugs!
Don’t look into His eyes if you don’t want to discover His presence!
Highlight the following Scriptures: (power points 8, 9)
Hebrews 12:2: 2Let 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.
Psalm 141:8: 8But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
2 Corinthians 4:18: 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
T.S - He has patiently been waiting - longing since the foundation of the world for you to look into His eyes, and melt in love before Him.
This morning we opened our service remembering 911 – Our time of remembrance and reflection is a reality check of how close we all are to meeting Jesus face to face every day.
Power point 10 - (Picture of the 911 cross)
It was an ordinary day like so many others in New York. The sky was blue the day was beautiful but it would soon become a day when many people’s lives would be changed. There were many that day that did look into the eyes of Jesus as they got up in the morning to get ready for work and to travel to work. These were the ones who had not looked at Jesus for years. Then there were those who had never seen His face because they always turned away. But there were others who did look into Jesus eyes that morning as they prepared for work and commuted to their jobs. They knew He was with them. Many that day never made it out of the towers, but many others did and some of you have heard their stories. But what about those who for the first time in their lives looked into the eyes of Jesus and in horror discovered it would also be their last time to see His face. I can only imagine their sense hopelessness and fear. For years they had turned their face away from Jesus and now they would have no choice but to look into His eyes and see what they had missed.
The cross that formed in the midst of the rubble of the towers became a symbol of Hope and strength to the workers cleaning up the mess from 911. They would look to it daily for strength, they would pray at its feet when things looked dark. They would leave notes to the Lord and prayer requests to Heaven. This cross which represents Jesus will be placed in the memorial of 911, even though an atheist group has petitioned a judge to block its inclusion on the basis that when atheists looks at the cross it brings trauma, pain, torment and depression to their minds.
But for the thousands of others who lived through 911 and its long clean up know that this symbol from the rubble brought a revelation and a glimpse of Jesus and this gave them hope and strength. It gave them peace and purpose. It lifted them up above the devastation and destruction around them!
The Bible tells us that we please God by having the right focus in life! Throughout the Scriptures we have this message, that the right focus for life comes to us as we look into His eyes.
Personal Story 1:
Story the other day I was watching TV and one of the twins was talking to me but I must admit I was more focused on TV and the game. He gently grabbed my cheeks and looked into my eyes and said “Grandpa!” I looked into his eyes to see someone who loved and adored me and wanted my attention at that moment. I could not look away from Him at that moment because He touched my heart.