1 Peter 1:8
"You love him even though you have never seem him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy."
Two years ago my husband and I experienced our proudest moment as parents, when our son accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized. Through the process of helping him understand and answer questions about what salvation and being a Christian means, one question was asked more than any other: “How is Jesus real if I can’t see him?”
We live in a society where the motto is “Seeing is believing”. So how do you trust and know that Jesus is real if you can’t see him? Even Jesus’ own disciple Thomas wanted proof, he said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25). Pay attention to the way Jesus responded to Thomas in John 20:27-29, “Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
Even though we haven’t seen Christ face to face, we do “see” him everyday. We see him in the everyday miracles of answered prayers or in the lives that he has transformed, but the best way to “see” Christ is to read the gospels. When you pull out your Bible and sit down to read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we are able to see Christ better than the people who physically saw him in his lifetime. We see his whole character and power. We see his courage, wisdom, tenderness, compassion, meekness, patience, blessing, devotion, love and heart for all nations.
As Peter states in the rest of 1 Peter 1:8, Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. Though none of us have seen Jesus, we trust him. We show the world that we trust when we accept him as our savior and publicly declare it by being baptized. The greatest joy of all is knowing that you have eternal life.
Maybe you’ve forgotten or need a reminder of what Jesus “looks” like. Sit down, be still and read about him in the gospels. There is no better way to get a clear picture.
Amber Podvin is a Southern girl at heart & is proud of her Arkansas roots. But after 14yrs of living in the city, she’s been told by her Arkansas family that she sounds like a “Yankee” now. She and her husband Chris are super proud parents of an 8yr old son, Hudson.