John, more than any of the other Gospel writers, seems to focus on “seeing” Jesus. As Jesus’ closest friend among the Twelve, the disciple “whom Jesus loved,” you would expect a more intimate account from John.
Again and again in John’s Gospel, we read the invitation “come and see.”
Jesus says this to Andrew and John when, after meeting Him, they inquired where He was staying. Their eyes were opened. They believed in Jesus as their Messiah. (John 1:39)
After this, Philip believed in Jesus, found his friend Nathanael, and told him, “Come and see. We have found the One that Moses wrote about.” Their eyes were opened. They believed. (John 1:45-46)
The Samaritan woman, after encountering Jesus, ran back to her village and told them, “Come and see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done.” Their eyes were opened. They believed. (John 4:29)
In John 6:39, in the midst of some very difficult words (the Son of God is the Bread of Life, so you must eat His flesh and drink His blood), Jesus said this:
“For this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in Him, may have eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.”
Seeing, and then believing.
John, in recording Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, tells us, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” John 3:14-15
Moses lifted up the carved snake on a pole so that those who were bitten by a poisonous snake could look upon it and live. They had to look. They had to see.
Those who are spiritually lost must SEE Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit can open their eyes to see the truth. But we must pray that they see, and we must invite them to come.
Father, it’s my prayer that through my life and through my words your Spirit will help others to see Jesus as I see Him… to see Him, believe in Him, know Him, follow Him, love Him. And it is my prayer that today I will see Jesus more clearly, knowing Him more intimately and following Him more closely.
“…we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2
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