And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. —Matthew 17:8
Jesus, on the mount of transfiguration, communed with Moses and Elijah—Moses represented the law, Elijah the prophets, and Jesus the new dispensation of grace. In His awe and enthusiasm, Peter offered to make three tabernacles, one for each of them. A bright cloud overshadowed them and the Father spoke: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him” (v5). In fear, the disciples fell on their faces. When they lifted up their eyes, they saw no man save Jesus only.
There are many groups, movements, ministries, and people that are vying for our attention and allegiance. While there are good institutions and worthy people, Christ, alone with the Father, should be the object of our worship and devotion. It should not be the law nor the prophets that motivate us to service but Christ Himself. Whether in good times or in difficult times, we need a refreshing vision where we see none other but Jesus only. In a world of many voices, our ears need to singularly hear the Son of God.
When we set our eyes on people and situations, we will get disappointed and discouraged. Fellow soldier of the cross, keep your eyes on Jesus. Let Him be the motivation for your labor and sacrifice, for it is He that will faithfully see you though life in victory. As the song says: “Let me see Jesus only.”