Many believers speak of how wonderful it would be to have lived on earth when Jesus was here and walked among people. This desire often motivates some to travel and tour the Holy Land.
John writes with glowing joy of what they had seen when Jesus was here: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14). Or, “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you” (1 John 1:3). Or Peter who said, “we were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).
Jesus questioned those who saw and spoke in parables for a reason. “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:13). When Thomas said he would not believe in Jesus’ resurrection “unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe” (John 20:25). This unbelief was met with the Lord’s grace that invited Thomas to come and do what he requested. “Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”” (John 20:29).
It was critical that the Holy Spirit come so we would not be limited by physical vision. In one of Paul’s prayers, he asked for the Ephesians to “have the eyes of your hearts enlightened” (1:18). While the disciples saw Christ’s glory with their physical eyes, the Spirit enables us to see far more with spiritual eyes.
The question we must ask ourselves is which eyes are we using to see His glory? It makes a big difference to our whole outlook on life.
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