he sees you.
I wanted to provide a source of training and encouragement for each of you. I will be sending you over various articles and posts with the hope of refreshing your spirit.
He sees you:
He sees you. I think it's something we rarely consider. Or maybe it's just something I rarely consider. I have been studying John in my private time and with another guy and came across this:
"Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said to him, "Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit." "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked.
"Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you," Jesus answered.
"Rabbi," Nathanael replied, "You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel!"
Nathanael was shocked at Jesus' statement. How was that possible? Nathanael thought he was alone. Based on his understanding he had never met Jesus, let alone been seen by Jesus. Jesus reveals his supernatural power in this moment. He was on earth in bodily form, but he still had the ability to see Nathanael in a private moment. (In the Old Testament the fig tree is sometimes almost a symbol for ‘home’ or for prosperity (e.g.1 Ki. 4:25; Is. 36:16; Zc. 3:10); occasionally in rabbinic literature its shade is associated with a place for meditation and prayer.)
If Jesus saw Nathanael while he was incarnate how much more does he see you? Nathanael responded with a confession to Jesus' lordship. Jesus' assurance that he saw Nathanael moved him to rejoice. The Son of God had arrived.
I know many times it may feel like he doesn't see you. The answer to your prayer isn't happening. You feel lonely, discouraged, and confused. He does't seem to be moving quick enough. I want to encourage you. He sees you. Scripture tells us that he is seated at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55, Col 3:1). He is seated. He is not running around stressed out. He is not confused or dismayed. There is no panic.
How does Jesus respond to Nathanael's reaction?
"Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Jesus' promise to Nathanael is also a promise to us. The one who heaven responds to sees you. Not only does he see you, but we will come to experience even greater things than him seeing us. We will see him change lives, transform a city, save the lost, heal the sick, provided for the needy, and answer prayers.
I take great comfort in the fact that he sees me. However, I want more. I want to see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
In Boston as it is in Heaven,