Hebrews 12:2 urges us to “fix our eyes” on Jesus while journeying through the Christian life.
The Greek word for this phrase is apharao: to consider attentively; to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something. Picture an infant fixing her eyes on her mother. She is absorbed with mom and completely delighted with her presence.
Temptation, sin and even ordinary things coax us to turn our eyes away from Jesus. Jesus looked beyond the pain and shame of the cross and stared at the joy ahead of Him. As we fix our gaze upon Jesus, we can endure the distractions and trials that come our way. Someday we will share Heaven with Him, where He is victoriously seated at the right hand of the Father.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” – Helen Lemmel
“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2