Heb.3:1 – Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
I went through a phase when I was about eleven years old when night after night I would go outside and look at the stars. I guess you could say I was a star gazer. I had gotten a telescope and a book on astronomy for Christmas that year and I became enamored with God’s creation. I remember looking at various stars and searching and finding the planet Jupiter. One night I even stumbled upon Saturn with its distinctive rings. I was caught up in the beauty and intricacy of God’s creation which began to open me up to the greatness of God. In today’s verse the word ‘consider’ comes from the Latin word used for gazing at the stars. It is describing taking time and absorbing the beauty of the object you are viewing. Paul said for us to set our gaze and our affection on Jesus. Here is how Andrew Murray describes today’s verse.
“The word consider, from the root of the Latin word for Star, originally means to contemplate the stars. It suggests the idea of the astronomer, and the quiet, patient, persevering, concentrated gaze with which he seeks to discover all that can be possibly known of the stars which the object of his study are. And Jesus, who is God, who became man, and perfected our human nature in His wonderful life of suffering and obedience, and now dwells in heaven to communicate to us its life and blessedness—oh, what reason there is for saying, Consider Jesus. Gaze upon Him, contemplate Him. For some increased knowledge of the stars what devotion, what enthusiasm, what sacrifices are oft-times witnessed. Oh, let the study and possession of the Son of God waken our devotion and our enthusiasm, that we may be able to tell men what beauty and what glory there is in Jesus.”
Just as I “stumbled upon” Saturn and its majesty when I was twenty one years old I stumbled upon the beauty of Christ. In hindsight I realize I didn’t stumble upon Christ that night but He came to me under the stars at the lakefront in New Orleans. I was stunned by His beauty and His humility. I was overwhelmed at His greatness and His love which He was pouring out on me. Maybe I didn’t stumble upon Saturn that night so long ago after all, maybe it was a glimpse of the artistry of our wonderful Creator and Savior.