November 25 – To See

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25 – To See

“But blessed are your eyes, for the see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:17)

 “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

When Jesus came to earth and walked among us, very few people who met him fully understood who he was.  Can you begin to imagine what it was like for those who recognized the power of God flowing through Him?  Think about His mother and what it must have been like to know how close she was to the Lord.  Then, think about Simeon and Anna who were at the temple when he was presented for circumcision (Luke 2:21-39).  They knew they were looking upon the face of God.

Jesus told Nathanael in John 1:50 that he recognized Jesus as the Son of God and King of Israel because Jesus had seen him under the fig tree. Then Jesus told him that he (Nathanael) would see heaven open and angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man.

For a brief moment in time, there were those who actually got to see Jesus in human form and for the most part, they didn't know what a gift they had been given.

Today, we have to rely on faith.  Faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; faith that what scripture tells us to be true about Him is true.  We don’t have the opportunity to walk beside the Jordan River and see Jesus perform miracles and watch as He heals a blind man by making mud and placing it on the man’s eyes.  We aren't able to see Him heal the centurion’s son or change water into wine, feed five thousand people or bring Lazarus from the tomb.

Peter says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8)

It is faith that we rely on even when we can’t see Jesus face to face.  It is faith and believing in him that will fill us with joy.  It is faith that brings salvation and a promise.  We will see Jesus Christ face to face.