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We Would See Jesus

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
We Would See Jesus

“To see Jesus is to apprehend Him as the supply of our present needs and believingly to lay hold on Him as such. The Lord Jesus is always seen through the eye of need. He is presented to us in the Scriptures not for our academic contemplation and delight, but for our desperate need as sinners and weaklings. The acknowledgement of need and the confession of sin, therefore, is always the first step in seeing Jesus. Then, where there is acknowledged need, the Holy Spirit delights to show to the heart the Lord Jesus as the supply of just that need.” – Roy and Revel Hession, We Would See Jesus

In last month’s post, I encouraged us as leaders to focus this summer on our following – on seeing Jesus for ourselves. So, how’s that going for you? Has life stayed busy and your vision of Jesus remained less than clear? I want to bring us back there one more time in this final post of the summer (side note: you know something’s wrong when summer only lasts two months!), and encourage us one more time to see Jesus.

I love the way the Hessions describe Jesus being presented in God’s Word: He’s not merely an object of our interest and curiosity but rather an object of our desperation and deliverance! If you’re struggling to see Jesus, that’s a good place to start: admit your struggle, weakness, or need for him. That’s the first step in seeing him because our pride, self-sufficiency, and pre-occupation with the things of the world turn our eyes from his glory.

Isn’t that true in the gospels? Who are the people who are longing to get to Jesus? Isn’t it people like the blind beggar, the tiny tax collector, the “sinful” woman, or the paralyzed man? They all longed to see Jesus because they all knew they needed him – weak, broken, sinful, unable to heal themselves.

If you feel you haven’t really gazed on Jesus lately, ask yourself if you really feel that you need him. Where in life are you overwhelmed? Where has his Word convicted you of your sin? Where have your weaknesses and failures disappointed yourself or someone else? Where do the circumstances of life seem more than you can manage on your own? Be honest with God. Are you scared, confused, doubting, worried? Tell him how you feel and cry out for Jesus to be “the supply of just that need.”

Don’t let your pride, your busyness, or your idols keep you from crying out to see Jesus. He is glorious. He is enough. He will provide. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

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