How can we see the personal Jesus?
A friend, whom I was blessed to have lead to the Lord, 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, to see Him as a real person.
I mean, that was two thousand years ago.
We know intellectually that nothing has changed – Hebrews (13:8) states He is the same yesterday, today and forever… but our vision of Him is often as of yesterday and yesterday was a long time ago.
Her question was also posted to another sister in Christ – Hyacynth, to whom neither my friend nor I ever met personally, but who lives in Chicago and has a blog which shares her faith in Christ and her love for Jesus.
Hyacynth’s response was interesting – “The hangup, said Hyacynth, stems partly from being in a visual culture. It’s harder 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.”
Just then, I saw Jesus!
I mean, I saw Jesus in Hyacynth who showed love and concern for a sister in Christ, mixed with the truth of scripture.
And I saw Jesus in my friend who continues to grow in her faith and in her love for Christ – even though her husband (and to this day) has not accepted 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 in so many other believers.
I see Jesus in my 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. And whereas I can only quote Romans 8:19, Sharon lives it daily.
I see Jesus in Roy, a brother in Christ whose business is framing pictures. As part of his brag book, which includes examples of very expensive works of art from Hollywood celebrities that only trust Roy for their framing, and to whom he witnesses, were pictures of simple wedding invitations. You see he frames wedding invitations for all the young couples in his church, as a love gift to them. And there they are, right next to all the expensive works of art in his brag book.
As a side note, I recently spoke to Roy. He said he is known in his church as the “toy maker.” Toy maker? I asked. Yes, he said he just completed a catapult. You see, he wanted to show the kids what a catapult looked like and what it did. His catapult shoots marshmallows, and the kids all love it.
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 helps builds homes for the poor and provides free financial services.
And, I see Jesus in my (old and new) pastor, who have such great talents that they could easily bask in the glory and be paid handsomely for it, but don’t, as they continue to pastor their churches, to study and preach and make all they 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.
I see Jesus in my sister-in-law whose unorthodox ways of sharing Christ never the less comes from the heart and can sometimes even be effective…;)
And I see Jesus in a missionary friend who as an eighty year old senior citizen, rolls and totals his car on a California highway on the way to LAX airport for a missions trip and yet convinces the attending highway patrol officer to take him to the airport so he can board the plane to complete his trip without missing a beat – a singleness of purpose.
Some of these people, I’ve never met, others, unfortunately, I rarely see – regardless, I look forward to spending eternity with all of them, but even now, they enrich my life as I see Jesus in all of them.
So, how can you pull the emotion of Christ closer to your heart?
Look, at the believers around you, and you too will see Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”