Curiously, God speaks of Himself as plural in several verses of the Bible. Known as the “Genesis Pluralities,” we read the first in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ “ As Christians, we needn’t look far for an explanation as Jesus was with God before Creation.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” (John 1:1-3 NLT).
In last week’s blog, we read as Jesus instructed His disciples that seeing Him was, in fact, seeing the Father. Seeing the Father in Jesus required the disciples to exercise faith and use spiritual sight or “discernment.” In the same way, we use spiritual sight to behold the Risen Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” (Ephesians 1:18). Spiritual discernment sets aside earthly ways of perceiving heavenly things.
Seeing Jesus Where He Said He’d Be
If we want to see Jesus today, wouldn’t it make sense to look for Him where He said He would be found? For example, He said He’d be found in our fellowship. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name; I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20). Anytime two or more Christians gather in His name, we expect to discern Jesus in the midst. This is why Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35). Even the world discerns Jesus when we love each other as we ought.
Another place Jesus says we see Him is explained in Matthew 25.
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.” (Matthew 25:31-33).
What factor determines if He moves us to stand on His right with the sheep or moves us to the left to stand with the goats? It’s determined by whether we saw Jesus when He presented Himself. Both those on His left and right ask,
” ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ “ (Matthew 25:37-40 NASB).
Jesus says we see Him in the faces of those who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and imprisoned. Likewise, we see him in the face of a “stranger” or a foreigner living in our country, (Smith’s Bible Commentary).
Seeing Jesus on the Throne
Until His return, Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father. But how do we reconcile what we see in this world filled with trouble? It’s easy to get discouraged; our faith becomes weak. The author of Hebrews quotes Psalm 8, then encourages us that though we don’t yet see all things subject to Him, we see Jesus now.
” ‘You have made him for a little while lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and have appointed him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under his feet.’ For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:7-9).
Where do we see Jesus? We needn’t look far. He’s the Risen Lord standing in our fellowship. He’s the homeless man on the corner or a foreigner in our midst. He lives in our hospitals, our nursing homes and our prisons. And when we struggle to see Him in the chaos of this world, we look up to see the Son sitting at the right hand of the Father. He is Lord of all.