Looking Unto Jesus
Explains how the Lord Jesus Christ carries every aspect of the great work of man’s salvation, from first to last.
And why must we turn our eyes from everything that diverts our sight from “looking unto Jesus”? Because we cannot look fixedly on Christ, and such things together, and at once; the eye cannot look upwards and downwards at once in a direct line; we cannot seriously mind heaven and earth in one thought, “No man can serve two masters,” Matt. 6:24. Because, while we look on these things, we cannot see the beauty that is in Christ. Indeed, beauty is the attraction of the soul, the soul must see a beauty in that which it is desiring; but our wishing looks on other things make Christ vile and contemptible in our eyes.
In this knowledge of Christ, there is an excellency above all other knowledge in the world; there is nothing more pleasing and comfortable, more animating and enlivening, more ravishing and soul contenting; only Christ is the sun and center of all divine revealed truths, we can preach nothing else as the object of our faith, as the necessary element of your soul’s salvation, which does not some way or other, either meet in Christ, or refer to Christ; only Christ is the whole of man’s happiness, the Sun to enlighten him, the Physician to heal him, the Wall of fire to defend him, the Friend to comfort him, the Pearl to enrich him, the Ark to support him, the Rock to sustain him under the heaviest pressures.
About the Author
Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664) was an English Puritan minister. He served at St. Edmund’s Church, Casleton, Derbyshire, in 1627. He was one of king’s four preachers in Lancashire in 1631. Ambrose was twice imprisoned by commissioners of array. He worked for the establishment of Presbyterianism in England, successively at Leeds, Preston, and Garstang, and was eventually ejected for nonconformity in The Great Ejection of 1662. His latter two years, out of the ministry, were spent in quiet meditation and writing at Preston, where died in 1664.