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Looking to Jesus!

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Looking to Jesus!    

 
Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's
Day.    
 
When Charles Spurgeon, who would later become the greatest preacher of the 19th century, was 15, he was under deep conviction because of his sins. Although his father and grandfather were both preachers and Spurgeon had read many of their solid Puritan books, he didn't understand the gospel. He thought that he needed to do many more things to be saved.  
 
Then one snowy day he wandered into a small Methodist chapel. The regular preacher wasn't there because of the snow. A layman preached on Isaiah 45:22, which reads (KJV), "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." He made the point that looking doesn't take any effort or any special status. Anyone can look. Finally, he looked directly at young Spurgeon and exhorted, "Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothin' to do but to look and live." Spurgeon said (C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography [Banner of Truth], 1:88), "Like as when the brazen serpent was lifted up, the people only looked and were healed, so it was with me." He looked to Jesus and God saved him.
 
See you this Sunday,
 
In the light of His glory and grace,
 
Pastor Doug