Seeing Jesus

January 14, 2008

“Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me…” John 14:19 ESV

How many of us can honestly say that we “see” Jesus in our day to day lives? Are we looking? Maybe we’re too busy to look or maybe we’ve come to the sad and false conclusion that He really isn’t there. When’s the last time you spent your day looking for Him? After reading and meditating on John 14:19, I decided that I would start trying to see Jesus.

Since I work at an elementary school, I have seen Him in the innocent eyes of the precious children I’m fortunate to be with every day. I’ve seen Him in their honesty, their excitement at each new day, and sometimes when they’ve been hurt by the adults around them, I’ve seen how much they need Him and how much we all need Him.

I’ve also seen Him at home. I’ve seen Him in the eyes of my own children. I’ve seen Him in their attitudes towards others. I’ve seen Him when they have said something that would make Him smile. I saw Him the day they were born, the day they spoke their first word, and the day they obeyed His Word and gave their life to Him. And even more exciting, I see Him in their futures! I’ve seen Him in the way my husband treats me, the way he unselfishly gives himself to our family. I’ve seen Jesus in the way my husband loves me and our children.

I’ve even seen Jesus in my enemies. I’ve seen Him in how I have treated my enemies and how I am supposed to treat them. I’ve seen and heard His words in Luke 6:27-36

But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

I’ve seen Him in my failures and I’ve seen Him in my disappointments. I’ve seen Him on my greatest day and my worst day.

Jesus is always there. He’s there holding our hand, offering a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear. He gives us words to live by, guides our path, and lights our way. He promises never to leave us, never to hurt us, and never to disappoint us. He’s just waiting for us to see.

Today, take some time from your busy schedule and look for Jesus.

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10 Comments Add your own

  •    preacherman  |  January 15th, 2008 at 2:05 am     Reply

    It is wonderful to know that Jesus is there with us. Thank you so much for the reminder especially when life is painful.
    In Him,
    Kinney Mabry

  •    Monalea  |  January 15th, 2008 at 2:44 pm     Reply

    Paula, It took cancer for me to see God in all things. Believe me, cancer isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.

    Love ya,


  •    Lisa  |  January 15th, 2008 at 6:20 pm     Reply

    I love to see Jesus in expected places. Thanks for the reminder to always look for Him!

  •    TREY MORGAN  |  January 16th, 2008 at 3:59 pm     Reply

    Sometimes I forget to look for him in the places that aren’t obvious.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  •    David Kirk  |  January 16th, 2008 at 6:06 pm     Reply

    Thanks. I needed that!

  •    AncientWanderer  |  January 21st, 2008 at 3:21 pm     Reply

    Just a- “morning” 🙂

  •    Royce Ogle  |  January 22nd, 2008 at 8:34 pm     Reply

    I see him in a preachers wife who beautifully writes pointing her readers to the One alone who can make us whole, free, and holy.

    His peace,
    Royce Ogle

  •    Matthew  |  January 24th, 2008 at 7:06 pm     Reply

    This is a great topic. I have been reading a book about preaching and in the methodology of the style of preaching is that we must present the work of God in this present life. We all need to see the influence of Jesus in this present world.

  •    AncientWanderer  |  January 30th, 2008 at 4:54 pm     Reply

    Just stopped by to say-

  •    preacherman  |  February 2nd, 2008 at 12:35 am     Reply

    I pray all is going well with you sister. you are in my thoughts in prayers.

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