To See Jesus
I want to see Jesus. Really see Him.
To simply catch a glimpse of Him, that will be enough. Enough to make it through the coming hour when the weight of the day’s demands crush heavy upon my spirit. Enough to receive His strength in my weakness so I can love those who too often push my buttons. Enough to believe, against all hope, that He will do what He says He will do.
To see Jesus.
Because to see Jesus changes everything. In light of Him, everything else fades away. Once we see Him, really see Him, nothing else is ever the same. Our desires, needs, passions, change. We change.
Paul saw Jesus. Clearly. So much so, he lost his sight on that Damascus Road.
“Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.” (Acts 9:1-9)
I suspect that those three days Paul was without sight, he saw more clearly than he had ever seen before.
Seeing Leads to Surrender
As soon as Paul heard the voice of Christ, he knew he was in the presence of deity. His response was a total submission of his life: “What do you want me to do?” (Acts 22)
When we see Jesus, we realize that we have gone our own way long enough. We abandon those things that once delighted us but had little weight. Once we truly see, the selfishness of our ways becomes clear and all we want is to be a vessel in His hands, poured out, open.
Our surrender is our gift back. We cry out, “What do you want me to do?” And we follow, willingly. Because we have seen with our own eyes…He who is the invisible God. The One in Whom there is no darkness. He Who wraps Himself in light.
Seeing leads to Surrender.
Seeing Produces Humility
It was Paul who would later write,
“For it is we…who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” (Phil. 3)
To see Jesus stunts our confidence in the flesh. We see ourselves rightly in light of this Deity Who changes everything. He spoke and the world came into being. He works out EVERYTHING in conformity with His will. (Eph 1:11) What is man that you are mindful of him, that you care for him?
Whatever we once saw as our assets, our credentials, our marks, these things pale in comparison to being His child. We have seen Jesus and we will never be the same.
In his book Anxious For Nothing, Max Lucado, beautifully describes Paul’s conversion like this,
“Paul had blood on his hands and religious diplomas on his wall. But then came the Damascus road moment. Jesus appeared. Once Paul saw Jesus, he couldn’t see anymore. He couldn’t see value in his resume anymore. He couldn’t see reasons to boast about anything he had done anymore. And he couldn’t see any option except to spend the rest of his life talking less about himself and more about Jesus.”
Oh may we spend the rest of our lives talking less about ourselves and more about Jesus! This is what happens when we see Him. We lose sight of everything that once we thought was gold. He appears and we change.
Do you need Jesus to appear? Do you need to see Jesus, really see Him as He is?
If so, might I suggest this prayer
Lord, help me to see you, really see you. To turn my gaze upon the One with the splintered hands, body broken and resurrected days later. To see Jesus. When the world around me spins out of control. To see Jesus. When I am tempted to look outward at what those around me have rather than upward to Who You are. To see Jesus. When fear grips my spirit and I doubt Your faithfulness. To see Jesus. When what I see doesn’t match up to what I know to be true.
This resurrected Lord is alive…waiting for us to fully turn our eyes upon Him. May we see Jesus.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus Look full in His wonderful face And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace