Seeing and Yet Not Seeing
And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee… When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet. Matt. 21:10-11,45-46
Jesus entered Jerusalem for what we refer to as Holy week. As He rides a donkey and people are cheering as they perceive that He is a prophet. But He certainly is far more than a prophet. The religious leaders assume He is a hieratic and a pain in their side. They constantly try to bait Him in arguments and catch Him off guard, but they can’t. They now want to murder Him, but fear the crowd that holds Him in such high esteem. The majority of the crowds and people that love and followJesus are right about one thing: He came from God. But they miss the fact that He is God, the Christ, and the Savior of the world. It can be easy to think how clever I am for this discovery or how foolish others are for not seeing it. But I am constantly reminded as I read Matthew, that NOBODY, will understand who Jesus is until Heaven opens their eyes.
In this fallen world, it is easy to see something and yet not really ‘see’ what is going on. Reading Matthew is a sober reminder to me, that just like everyone around Jesus during His time on earth, I too can see all the works of God and still be blind. I am thankful for the gift the Holy Spirit has given me of seeing Jesus for who He is. I must remain humble and remember that I am fully capable of missing everyday what God is doing right in front of me and all around me. It’s clear from Jesus’ teaching during Holy Week that pride and religious zeal are not the tickets to ‘seeing’. Humility and thankfulness of heart are the beginning stages of being able to see correctly.
Thank you Father in Heaven for revealing to me decades ago the hope, joy and salvation that I have in Jesus alone. Thank you for this gracious gift of salvation. Forgive me for missing the mark far too often and for not seeing more clearly what you are doing in my days. Give me humble eyes and the gift of spiritual eyesight that I might not miss as much as I have in the past.
Looking with spiritual eyes,