II. Introduction

Michael Hardt

Fixing the eye on Christ glorified

Christians stand "in the middle of life". We have relationships - in the family, in God's people and beyond -, we have tasks and responsibilities (school, studies, work and so on), and all this in a world that is becoming more and more complex and seems to be changing even faster.

There we would like to stand our ground and live out our faith. We want to know where the road leads. And we don't just want to do the right thing, but we also want to do it with the right attitude and Christian joy - but how?

The answer seems startling (most would assume that you would have to be very familiar with the world to live well on it, but the biblical answer is quite different: We can only live properly "down here" if we have the glorified Christ up above firmly in our sights!

The best example of this is - as I said - Stephen. He found himself in an extreme crisis. Accused by false witnesses, he stands before the synedrion. But he gives a powerful testimony, looks death fearlessly in the eye and even prays for his enemies! He has power on earth because he looks up to the man in heaven.

This connection between the gaze into the open heavens and the power for the steps on earth can only be understand through the rest of the New Testament, especially the letters of the apostle Paul.

Over and over again the curtain is pulled aside, again and again we learn something about the glorified Christ and always anew we notice that gazing at Him has a concrete impact on our steps, actions, thoughts and hearts.

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