What Does Jesus See?
Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem, walked into the
temple area, and thoroughly looked all around contemplating what He already
knew. He observed all the facts before Him.
As Jesus looked about Him, He measured everything by divine
standards. He saw everything through the eyes of God. He never looked at
anything through the eyes of the world system’s convenience or selfishness.
What did Jesus see that day in the temple? Mark tells us
in chapter eleven of his Gospel that Jesus saw religion commercialized. Religion
had been made easy (Mark 11:15-17). He saw the family of the high priest selling
sacrificial animals and moneychangers exchanging foreign coins for a profit.
Jesus saw human degradation at its worst. He saw the
depravity of man and his need for God to provide His own righteousness for
mankind. He saw that God’s work must be done God’s way.
Jesus sees the heart of every man and woman. And
He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the
man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts,
fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as
well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil
things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:20-23).
Jesus still observes everything, and He still looks
everywhere with thoroughness in His examination. He looks completely at all the
facts before Him. What does He see? More importantly, what does He see when He
examines you and me?
When Jesus looks into our hearts, He sees the good, and He sees the bad.
He sees our motives, our aspirations, our failures, our sins and our
achievements. Nothing escapes His all-seeing eyes. If this is the scorching burning truth, there is yet more
comfort in it than in anything else I know. He sees everything.
Jesus knows everything about you. He knows all about you,
the fire in your blood, the deadly devilish poison that drives you; He takes it
all into account. He sees everything and sees thoroughly.
Jesus looks at our plight through the eyes of grace. Yes,
“The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal live in Christ
Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
But Jesus took the wages of our sin upon Himself and died for
us as our substitute.
Sinful guilty man is “justified as a gift by His grace
through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus whom God displayed publicly as a
propitiation in His blood through faith” (Rom. 3:24-25).
When Jesus looks at you, what does He see? Does He see a
sinner lost and condemned to an eternal hell? Does He see a sinner saved by the
free grace of God? Does He see a sinner who has put his trust in the death of
Jesus Christ alone to save him for eternity?
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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