Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb.12:2)
One of the greatest attributes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is vision to see those who stand in need of the Savior’s touch. While upon earth, his eyes were constantly searching for the lost, the erring, and the broken-hearted. He summarized his mission with the words, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He looked upon the multitudes and saw souls in need of salvation (Matt.9:36). By means of his message (Heb.1:1-2), Jesus is still seeking those who are lost and those who have erred from the way. While Jesus is looking for us, how many are taking the time to look for Jesus? On one occasion, some Greeks came searching for the Savior, saying to Philip, “Sir, we would see Jesus” (John 12:21). To what lengths would we go to see the Savior? Notice some great examples in Scripture of those who longed to see Jesus, and to what lengths these went in order to fix their eyes upon him. Zacchaeus, a man of small stature and despised occupation (Luke 19:2-3), longed to see Jesus. A great throng had gathered to see the Savior as he passed, and because of his diminutive size, Zacchaeus found difficulty in seeing the Master. Rather than be deterred from his desire, the “wee little man” climbed a sycamore tree so that he might see Jesus (Luke 19:4). Imagine the effort involved for him to climb the tree, and likely also the ridicule he endured for his persistence. His efforts were rewarded, as Jesus made his way to the home of Zacchaeus, and ultimately brought salvation to this longing looker. Just how far will you go to see Jesus? Climb a tree! Four individuals cared enough about their palsied friend that they bore him upon his bed to the house where Jesus was preaching in Capernaum (Mark 2:1-3). They had been convinced that this Jesus of Nazareth had the ability to cure their sick friend, and so they sought to see Jesus. However, the crowd was so great in the house that they could not even stand near the door and see inside to cast their eyes upon Jesus. Rather than being discouraged to the point of turning aside, these four devised a plan whereby their friend might be in the presence of the Savior. These went upon the roof, and broke up the ceiling of this abode so that they could then lower their friend upon his bed to the very feet of Jesus (Mark 2:4)! Their faith and effort were rewarded, not only in the healing of their friend, but in the salvation that was granted to him as well (Mark 2:5-12). Just how far will you go to see Jesus? Break through a ceiling! An unnamed woman suffering from an incurable disease (the KJV calls it an “issue of blood”) for twelve years longed to see the Savior. She had spent all her living on physicians who were unable to bring healing to her body (Luke 8:43). She was so assured of the healing power of the Messiah that she convinced herself that just touching the hem of his garment would bring the healing that no other was capable of delivering (Matt.9:21). The crowd was so great, that her desire to see the Savior and find healing was in danger of going unfulfilled. Yet, she had suffered long enough, and the crowd could not keep her from her goal. She fought through the crowd, and her efforts did not go unnoticed by the Savior (Luke 8:48). Just how far will you to see Jesus? Fight through the crowd! Jesus is looking and longing for you to be saved. Are you looking for him?
“Gracious God, thank you for searching for us by sending your Son. Thank you for his willingness to seek and save us, for we are lost without Jesus. Help us to focus our eyes on him. Help us do whatever it takes to see Jesus in everything we do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”