I want to see Jesus


I want to see Jesus


WantToSeeJesusOne day a blind man was begging along the road to Jericho. he heard the sound of many people passing by. what was happening?

People told him that Jesus was among the group, and the beggar began to call Him. Many told him to be quiet, but he became more determined than before. He cried out, asking that Jesus would have pity on him. To the amazement of all the bystanders, Jesus stopped and healed him!

Many wanted to see Jesus, when He was here on earth. Wherever He went, He attracted large crowds, making it difficult to get close to Him. On one occasion, the crowds were so large that some friends of a paralytic man made an opening in the roof of a house where Jesus was. They want-ed to lower him near to Jesus to be healed.

Some followed Jesus to be healed. Others were looking for a political leader to free them from the oppression of the Romans. Others wanted food and money. Very few were interested in His message of forgiveness and eternal life which He had come to proclaim.

There were many who were curious about Jesus. One of these was the dishonest tax-collector Zacchaeus. He was a short man and could not see above the crowd surrounding Jesus. As the crowd passed by, he climbed up a tree in order to see Him. To his surprise (and that of the crowd), Jesus stopped at the tree and told Zacchaeus, the hated tax-collector, that He wanted to dine with him at his home. In Jesus’ holy presence, Zacchaeus repented of his sins and immediately resolved to make restitution for what he had embezzled from people.

Even today, many yearn to see Jesus. Two thousand years ago, prejudic-ed people tried to dissuade those who were eager to talk to Jesus. It would surprise many to know that then, just like now, their greatest obstacles were their religious lead-ers. The priests and heads of their religion were disturbed by Jesus because He denounced their hypocrisy and destabilized the power and influence that they so proudly held.

However, Jesus could see their sin clearly. He was bold in publicly rebuking them as blind guides, leading the blind. They had no desire to see Jesus for themselves and forbade those under their power to follow Him.

Those who did come near to Jesus, were drawn by His concern for their souls. He had compassion for them because, spiritually, they were sheep without a shepherd and they were destined to eternal damnation.

There are still many people today who lack the courage or interest to find out who Jesus really is. They are blinded by their personal opinions and influenced by society and religion. They refute Jesus Christ’s own statement about Himself, “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. … Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Gospel of John 14:7,9).

Do you have the courage and interest to find out who Jesus is, even if doing so will cause you to reconsider what you have always believed? Discovering who He is and how to really know Him is a matter of eternal life or death. These words of Jesus are alarming: «Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’» (Matthew 7:21-23).
‘On that day,’ too many sincere people will be surprised to find out that they had deceived themselves about having a relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord. They will realize they had never really seen or known Him at all.

You do not need to be deceived though. You can see Jesus now. The only way is through reading the Holy Scriptures. Have you ever read the Word of God carefully, asking God to help you to understand it, without being influenced by any preconceived ideas you might have? We encourage you to see the Lord Jesus Christ for yourself, to see His Person, His providence, His power, His eternal purpose of grace and mercy to those who believe and follow Him. It’s possible by simply reading the Bible with a teachable mind!


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