Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Eyes of Jesus

We're always fascinated by looking into each other's eyes.  It's a lifelong, universal characteristic: so universal, in fact, that it's even shared by some members of the animal kingdom.  Lovers gaze longingly into each other's eyes.  Poker players study the eyes of their opponents.  And one of the most important biological determinants in human development is the amount of eye contact a baby has with its parents or caretakers.  "The eyes," it is said, "are the windows of the soul."  But when was the last time you gave any thought to the eyes of Jesus Christ?

You can't see them, of course; although one day you will, when you stand before Him to be judged.  But so far, very few people, numbering in the thousands, have had the privilege of looking into Jesus' eyes, when He was here on earth.  Throughout the history of art, countless painters have attempted to capture Jesus' eyes on canvas, or in a sketchpad: but who can really imagine what they were like?  No man or woman ever had eyes of such infinite wisdom, such astonishing compassion, or such perfect innocence - - - or, at times, of such sorrow, and occasionally anger. Who can imagine those eyes?  The greatest of Biblical painters (probably Rembrandt) could no more depict Jesus' eyes than a child with a box of Crayons - - - and the child might have a better idea of what they were like! We'll have to wait to actually see His eyes.





But if we can't see His eyes, we can consider, and know, what He sees with those eyes: and what He has seen, and will see.

The eyes of Jesus Christ have seen everything there is, from the tiniest sub-molecular structures to the farthest reaches of the universe, and seen these things in perfect detail - - - because He created them.  No electron microscope, no Hubble telescope, will ever see what Jesus has seen, and sees every moment.  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-17). Not only do His eyes behold these things, but He actually holds them together on a moment-to-moment basis, in space-time reality: by him all things consist, or stay together.  Without the steadying hand of Jesus Christ, material reality would simply fall apart.

That's literally unimaginable to us; although, if we've been born again according to John 3:3-7, and received Christ by an act of the will, according to John 1:12, we know that we'll understand it someday.  Unlike Jesus, our vision is limited: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Corinthians 13:12). Someday, we will see as Jesus sees: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).

But the eyes of Jesus have seen more than that - - - and continue to see more than that.  He's seen man at his best, because He saw Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, before they sinned.  And He's seen man at his worst.  When the rebellious Israelites followed after false gods, and threw their babies into the molten arms of idols, Jesus Christ was watching.  When the Roman Catholic Church slaughtered the English martyrs like Tyndale (and millions of other Christians worldwide), Jesus saw it.  And when the Czars and the Nazis attempted to destroy the Jews, Jesus saw every moment of every atrocity.  And, just as He wept over Jerusalem, He probably wept then: after all, He cares. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).  He saw it all ... and remembers it all.


Those eyes, so unimaginably full of love and compassion, seeing all these things .... and seeing them still.  Because Jesus hasn't turned away; He still sees it all.  He sees every crooked politician .... and every hypocritical Christian.  He sees every proud, unapologetic sex pervert, and each of their perverse acts .... and He sees every adulterous or fornicating Christian, who have attempted to push Him aside for a few hours or years of pleasure.  He sees the persecution of His born again sons and daughters by régimes from Saudi Arabia to China .... and He sees the persecution of his chosen nation, Israel, by the Palestinians and their allies, even those in Washington, D.C.  And He sees His children going to church two or three times a week, then living like unsheeted Hell the rest of the week,  with their gossip and laziness and lack of love for God and one another.

Because the eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). And the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him (2 Chron. 16:9).  The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men (Psalm 11:4). Someone says, "That's not Jesus; Jesus is the Son of God.  That's the Father."  But this is a sub-Christian interpretation of the Bible.  "The Lord" is Jesus Christ. That's why He's called "the Lord Jesus Christ," and why the Bible says That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10, 11).  Anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is the Lord is lost and damned, unless and until they change their belief. This isn't rocket science, or "one man's opinion;" this is the Trinity.

The eyes of Jesus are still watching.  They're watching everything that happens in every business, in every school, on every street, in every home, and everywhere else.


For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes (Jeremiah 16:17).  The eyes of Jesus Christ have seen the best and the worst, and continue to see the best (such as it is) and the worst.

(Again, some might say, "Aha!  There's a contradiction!  Doesn't the Bible say, Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity? God is so holy that He can't even look at wickedness!"  Nice try, but you didn't finish the verse. The verse says, Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? [Habakkuk 1:13].  The Prophet isn't making a doctrinal statement about what God can or can't do; he's expressing his own understanding of God's holiness, and asking, plaintively, "so why are You looking at them? Why are you letting them get away with it?"  As the prophets so often did [and as Job's comforters did], he's expressing his own view, and wondering why God doesn't conform to it.  There's no contradiction - - - and no "out" for someone who wants to think that God isn't watching!)

Jesus isn't just watching "the evil that men do," of course.  He sees every act of kindness; every sacrifice a father or mother makes for their child; every student who doesn't cheat in school; everyone who reaches out to help someone in need; and every Christian who is faithful in prayer and studying God's word and proclaiming the Gospel.  And He promises the Christian, in His word:  God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister (Hebrews 6:10). His eyes are watching it all.

He's watching me write this post ... and He's watching you read it.  And He'll be watching what we do an hour from now.

The eyes of Jesus Christ have seen it all, and are seeing it all at this moment.  And they'll see more: they'll see the sins and mistakes we make tomorrow ... and He'll be willing to forgive.  He'll see the heathen continue to rage against Him, and the people imagining so many vain things (Psalm 2:1). He'll see the continuing disintegration of decency and goodness in the world.  He'll continue to see His children reviled and persecuted; and He'll see the nations rise up (including the United States) to destroy His nation, Israel. And then, one day, He'll have seen enough of this world, and settle the accounts.

The Czars and the Nazis and the Popes and the Muslims; the teenaged fornicators and the adult, "respectable" whoremongers; the gossiping office worker and the schoolyard bully, and every other person who has ever lived, will stand before Him.  And that's when we'll see His eyes - - - as they look back at us in judgment.

For the majority of the human race, the results of that Judgment will be incomprehensibly horrible.  But for those who have received Jesus Christ as their Saviour, at a moment in time by an act of the will, there will be glory ahead - - - although even Christians may lose certain rewards, if they have lived for themselves.  But even then, they'll be saved - - - we'll be saved - - - because of the mercy of Jesus Christ, Who paid the price for our sins as His eyes beheld the men who tortured Him to death.

Those who have rejected Christ in this life will, after that, never see His eyes again.  But those who have accepted His offer of salvation will enjoy the love and mercy and even laughter shining in His eyes for all eternity.

What a Christ!

2 comments:

  1. Amen. Instead of "What Would Jesus Do?", perhaps we should ask ourselves "What Would Jesus THINK?" and reflect upon our actions or inactions.

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  2. I was blessed by this, thank you.

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