Friday, March 14, 2008

Deliberate focus

"Looking to Jesus." Hebrews 12:2

"It is not possible to express in English the thought suggested by this verb, which implies that we must 'look away (from other things) unto Jesus.' It implies 'the concentration of the wandering gaze into a single direction.'"

F. W. Farrar, Hebrews (CGTSC), page 153.

"Looking away from all that distracts on earth . . . not only at the first moment but constantly during the whole struggle. . . . Christ is always near and in sight."

B. F. Westcott, Hebrews, pages 394-395.

"[Looking] implies . . . concentrated attention . . . 'with no eyes for anyone or anything except Jesus.'"

James Moffatt, Hebrews (ICC), page 196.