“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb 2:9).
We. See. Jesus.
Today. On this day. On this first day of the week. Every first day of the week. We see Jesus more clearly than on any other day.
We see a loving Jesus. “This is how we know what love is,” John wrote, “Jesus Christ laid down his life for me” (I Jn 3:16). Books have been written, poems penned, sermons preached and movies made trying to depict the depth of God’s love through Jesus. But it’s beyond human comprehension. Jesus loves me. And you. How do I know? The Bible tells me so.
We see a listening Jesus. He promised the apostles that when we pray in His name, He takes our requests to the Father (Jn. 14:13-14). He hears the call the needy. The cry of the troubled. The complaint of the lonely. And the weeping supplication of the hurting.
We see a lifting Jesus. During his ministry he often lifted people up from a bad situation. To the demon possessed boy “Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up” (Mk. (9:27). Again. And again. We see the hands of Jesus lifting people up. B. M. Nottage was right when he wrote, “His love elevates us without inflating us, and humbles us without degrading us.”
We see a liberating Jesus. Jesus said we can know the truth and it will makes us free. “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (Jn. 8:32,36). We see Jesus our savior who liberates us from the bondage, burden and blame of sin. He liberates us from the guilt of sin. From the devil’s domination over us. And from a lifetime of sin’s slavery. And when we slip and are ensnared by the Devil’s devices, Jesus shows up. Again. And sets us free.
We see a living Jesus. Christians do not memorialize a dead hero. “I am He who lives,” proclaimed Jesus, “and was dead, and behold I am alive forever more. Amen” (Rev. 1:19). We boldly echo the affirmation of the hymnist, Robert Lowry.
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
Today, whether you meet in a church building or are gathered with friends or family at home, we will all remember and commemorate who Jesus is. What He did. And how He’s changed our lives.
We. See. Jesus.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman