How can we see the personal Jesus?
A friend asked, “how she could pull the emotion of Christ, closer to her heart”?
You see, sometimes it’s hard to see Jesus as more than a story in the Gospel, as a real person.
I mean, that was two thousand years ago.
We know intellectually that nothing has changed – He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) but our vision of Him is often as of yesterday and yesterday was a long time ago.
This question was originally posted to another sister in Christ – Hyacynth, whom my friend never met personally but who has a blog which shares her faith in Christ and her love for Jesus.
Her response was intriguing – “The hangup, I feel, stems partly from being in a visual culture. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone you cannot see or touch in person. But it can be done — look at us. ? maybe that’s a poor example, but it speaks to my heart.”
And then she said something even more astounding, almost as an afterthought – “I think we as believers have to be Jesus in the flesh to each other, too.”
Wow, just then, I saw Jesus –
I mean, I saw Jesus in Hyacynth who showed love and concern for my friend, mixed with the truth of scripture.
And I saw Jesus in my friend who continues to grow so quickly in her faith and in her love for Christ. I realized that just being a part of their lives has enriched my life because I see Jesus in them.
But I see Jesus everywhere in other believers.
I see Jesus in my precious wife, who puts on a brave face daily only to endure her medical situation knowing that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us (Romans 8:19). And whereas I can only quote that verse, she lives it daily.
I see Jesus in a brother in Christ whose business is framing pictures. As part of his brag book, which includes examples of very expensive works of art that he has framed, are pictures of wedding invitations. You see he frames wedding invitations for young couples as a love gift. And there they are, right next to all the expensive works of art in his brag book.
I see Jesus in my Christian dentist who often travels to less fortunate places to provide free dental services – again, as a love gift. And to her husband who builds homes for the poor and provides free financial services.
And, I see Jesus in my pastor, who has such great talent that he could easily bask in the glory and be paid handsomely for it, but doesn’t, he continues to pastor his church, to study and preach and make all he can of God’s word available for free.
I see Jesus in my children as they hunger for God’s word, share His love and make the hard decisions which say they care about God’s desires. And I see Jesus in my sister-in-law whose unorthodox ways of sharing Christ never the less comes from the heart and can even be effective…;)
And I see Jesus in a missionary friend who as a senior citizen, rolls his car and totals it on the way to the airport and yet re-arranges the remaining part of the trip with the attending highway patrol office so he can board the plane to complete his missionary trip without missing a beat – a singleness of purpose.
Some of these people, I’ve never met, others, unfortunately, I rarely see – but regardless, I dearly look forward to spending eternity with all of them and even now, they enrich my life.
So, how can you pull the emotion of Christ closer to your heart?
Just look, look and you too will see Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces reveal the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.