There truly is no one like Jesus - not even close! But it is one thing to give mental assent to that concept and quite another to make Him the supreme, unique object of our attention and affection.
It is not enough to know that Jesus is incomparable. We must steadfastly fix our eyes and our hope upon Him.
“Consider Him” is the counsel most needed by our generation—and every generation. Christ is a Tonic for tired, troubled hearts. He is Wealth for impoverished souls. He is Life for those bored and deadened by endless entertainment and meaningless pursuits. He is Wisdom for the perplexed, Health for the wounded, Freedom for the addicted, and Grace for the guilty. He truly is more than enough!
In a letter written in 1840 to a group of teens in his church, Scottish evangelist and missionary, William Burns, put it this way:
“Look unto Jesus!” is the whole of the Gospel. Look and wonder, look and live, look and love, look and adore, look and admire, look and be blessed, look and be glorified, look eternally—and your hearts will be filled with everlasting love, your mouth with an unending hallelujah!
As we gaze steadfastly upon Christ, we will be transformed into His likeness (2 Cor. 3:18; 1 John 3:2). And as we reflect His beauty, “the fragrance of the knowledge of him” will be spread to all around us (2 Cor. 2:14).
S.M. Lockridge (1913–2000) was an African-American preacher who is best known for his six-and-a-half-minute description of Jesus known as “That’s my King!” I trust this excerpt will further whet your appetite to meditate on the person and work of the one and only—the incomparable—Lord Jesus Christ:
"He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s Savior. He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He’s august. He’s unique. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He’s supreme. He’s pre-eminent.
"My King is the key of knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory. He’s the master of the mighty. He’s the captain of the conquerors. He’s the head of the heroes. He’s the leader of the legislatures. He’s the overseer of the overcomers. He’s the governor of governors. He’s the prince of princes. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King."I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable. Yes. He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. That’s my King!"
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