Three Promises for People Who See Jesus – But Too Dimly
That is, every one of us
The woman in a very remote area of India was blinded by cataracts. She had a chance to have surgery to remove the clouds that covered her eyes.
She had a son. She knew his voice, his touch, his smell, his likes and dislikes of food and drink, all things she could learn through the dark cloud that covered her vision. The moment the bandages were removed and her eyes adjusted to the light, she was able to know her son’s appearance for the first time in her life. Her response was, “My son, I thought I knew you, but today I see you.”
We all have spiritual cataracts. We don’t see very well. But Someone sees us.
We See as in a Mirror
Paul reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians: “Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”
Here is the comfort and encouragement I feel led to remind you of today: You are fully known. God sees you! Not in part as one blinded by something, but in whole, He sees you.
But that’s not all the comfort and encouragement this story provides. One day your vision will be cleared, and the glory of that moment will reveal to you the majesty and perfection of His presence. We will all say, “I thought I knew you, but today I see you.”
Faith, Hope, and Love
Until that wonderful day, we have these three things that allow us to know as much as is possible in this life:
First, Faith. The sound of His voice, the feeling of His presence, the knowledge of His likes and dislikes make this temporal cloudiness bearable. Through faith, we know truths that will sustain us until we know fully.
Second, Hope. Hope is confidence in His promise to continually be with us even when we do not see Him as fully as he sees us. It is the anchor in stormy seas; it is the light in the darkness of night. As Peter says: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
Third, Love. Being loved and being able to love does not require sight. It is so much more miraculous. The supernatural removal of spiritual cataracts opens your once completely blinded heart to know Him as much as you can know Him in this life. It prepares you to know Him in the next.
So Much More to Know
My prayer is that we all recognize that we do know Him and love Him, but there is still so much more to know and see. We have an inexpressible and incorruptible inheritance of fully knowing Him awaiting us in Heaven.
We will see Him! I know that for sure. I pray that the eyes of your heart will be enlightened to His glorious presence. I pray the security that Peter wrote about fills your heart this season with joy and thankfulness, until one day you see Him face to face.
John Yeatts is the Campus Pastor of LIFE Outreach International and the National Coordinator of Churches for LIFE. He has served in full time ministry for 30 years, 15 of those years in the role of a pastor to the local church. He is a husband of 29 years and father of three children. John and his family recently planted TEXOMA Bible Fellowship in Whitesboro, Texas. His previous article was On Jesus’s Road to Death.