When you look at Jesus who do you see?
Right after his resurrection, some of Jesus’ closest friends and followers did not recognize him at first. In John 20:11–18, Mary Magdalene was crying and mourning outside Jesus’ tomb when he asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” At first Mary thought the risen Lord was a gardener who had moved Jesus’ body to another location. But then her Savior and Hope said her name, “Mary” and Mary’s eyes were opened. She cried out, Teacher! And didn’t waste any time racing to the disciples exclaiming, “I have seen the Lord!”
The two men on the road to Emmaus didn’t recognize the risen Lord until they broke bread with him. (Luke 24:13–35)
One of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, couldn’t see the risen Christ until he touched his nail scarred hands. (John 20:24–29)
Today millions still don’t see the resurrected Christ as he truly is.
Who do you see?
Isaiah 9:6 prophesied about Jesus, referring to him as a “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” and “Prince of Peace.”
Do you see Jesus as the provider of peace?
In John 14:27, Jesus promises, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
When you see Jesus, do you see hope, or do problems outweigh your hope?
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, sine what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18).
As you study Jesus, do you see his strength, available to you?
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
When you look at the risen Lord, do you see the love in his eyes?
In John 15:9–10, Jesus tells us that he loves us as much as his Father loves us. In fact, God’s our Father as well because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
Are you seeing Jesus as he really is? Or is he just another man? A good teacher? A historical figure in time?
This Easter, ask God to open your eyes to see his Son like you’ve never seen him before. Ask the Holy Spirit to broaden your perspective of Jesus so you can live more victoriously.
Who are you seeing now?
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