We See Jesus!
by James Smith, 1860
"We see Jesus!" Hebrews 2:9
Some people are very fond of sight-seeing. Many miles will they travel, and much money will they spend--to see anything new and rare! And yet after all they prove the truth of Solomon's words, "The eye is not satisfied with seeing." Besides which, we soon weary of looking upon any created object--however grand, magnificent, or beautiful.
Well, I am fond of using my eyes too. I love to look upon
the wondrous works of God, and the ingenious works of man. I can enjoy a
beautiful landscape, or a sight of the starry Heavens, as well as most
people. But some years ago, one object . . .
attracted my eye,
fixed my attention,
and feasted my soul;
and it has done so ever since.
I have never wearied of it, nor do I believe I ever
shall. That object is Jesus.
Jesus--who is the brightness of God's glory;
Jesus--who is the only begotten of the Father;
Jesus--who is the only and all-sufficient Savior;
Jesus--who is full of grace and truth.
To see Jesus--is to enjoy the greatest, the best, the most glorious sight in the universe! For he is the visible Jehovah, the express image of his Father, who in his person, work, and word--reveals his Father's mind.
Jesus is the sinner's best, and often, the sinner's only friend. He took our nature, to become our High Priest; and he became our High Priest, that he might offer a sacrifice to God, which would be sufficient to atone for our sin, and save any sinner. Having taken our nature, and in that nature met and satisfied all the claims of divine justice, and paid the penalty of God's Holy law--he has carried that nature to Heaven, and in it he mediates and intercedes for us, being our righteous advocate.
Once he was seen by the eye of the body, for in flesh he tabernacled among us. But now he can only be seen by the eye of the mind, through the medium of a living faith. That faith sees Jesus in all the types and ceremonies of the Levitical law; in all the prophecies and predictions of ancient times; in all the precious promises which grace has given and recorded in the book of God; in all the ordinances of the house of God. But especially in the everlasting gospel which as a mirror reflects him, and places him immediately before our eyes. On his throne of grace--we see him exalted to show mercy; and on his throne of glory--we expect to see him to administer judgment in uprightness.
He is not to be seen now by the eye of sense, for the Heavens have received him, until the times of the restitution of all things; nor should we expect, or even wish for any fanciful or visionary view of Jesus. He manifests himself to the soul in a spiritual manner, by his Holy Spirit; and when the soul sees him--it is filled with love to him, and with an ardent desire to be like him. It desires a close, intimate, and eternal union to him; and everything else loses its beauty, value, and importance--in comparison with him. To see Jesus, under the revealing influences of the Spirit, is to commit the soul to him, resting the whole weight of its salvation upon him, and to decide to be his, wholly his, only his, and his forever. These effects are always produced by a sight of Christ.
Who may expect to be indulged with this sight? All who are weary of looking at themselves, at their own works, and at the law of God, for life and peace. All who having heard of this privilege, ardently desire it, humbly plead for it, and who cannot be satisfied without it. Such, while they feel that they are utterly unworthy of it, nevertheless cry, "Jesus, reveal yourself to me!" and groan from the depths of the heart. "Holy Spirit, manifest Jesus to me!" and sigh, until in the language of David, the soul breaks for the longing that it has, to "see Jesus."
Such often find it long before they are indulged, and doubt--and fear that they shall never enjoy the privilege; and this may be, because they refuse to take God's Word and rest upon it, and act as if something sensible was necessary prior to it. Now it is on the Word that we are to rest--in an unseen Christ we are to believe for life and salvation, and when we do so, then Jesus reveals himself to us, filling us with joy and peace. Thus the only ground of our hope is, what Christ is in himself, and what Christ has done for us; not our sight of Christ, or enjoyment of Christ, nor yet even what we receive from Christ.
Beloved, have you seen Jesus? There are many fine sights in our world, and finer still in Heaven--but all together are not to be compared to a sight of Jesus. And yet, if the mind is spiritual, this glorious sight may be enjoyed every day.
Other sights are expensive--this is free.
To see other sights we must travel far--this may be seen from any spot where we are.
Other sights in time become common, and fail to impress us--but this sight is always fresh, always new, always a celestial feast to the soul.
Holy Spirit, show us ourselves--and then give us a sight of Jesus! May we see him as the man, in our nature; as God, in the nature of his Father; as the God-man, possessing both natures in union and perfection. May we see him as the man of sorrows, and as crowned with glory and honor. May we see him every day, and many times in the day. Seeing Jesus, we rise above our fears, above our troubles, above death itself!