We See Jesus

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Last June, I took a road trip to the Dakotas, and high on my wishlist was visiting Mount Rushmore. The evening before my visit, a front moved in, carrying with it rain and fog. Conditions were rather dreary, and as I drove up to the National Memorial, it became clear that the low-lying fog would make seeing the faces quite difficult. As it turned out, it was impossible. I drove most every road in the area, but I never saw the faces on the mountain. I knew they were there—they had to be— but I just couldn’t see them.

Charles Spurgeon spoke once of visiting a friend in Newcastle. From an upstairs window, his friend told him the view was clear enough to see Durham Cathedral, but only “on a Sunday.” When Spurgeon asked why that was the only day of the week one could see the cathedral, his friend replied, “Well, you see all that smoke down there, all those furnaces, and so on; they are all stopped on a Sunday, and then, when the air is clear, we can see Durham Cathedral.”

As with Rushmore and Durahm’s cathedral, sometimes the fog and smoke of life can obscure our view. Jesus is King; Jesus sits enthroned; Jesus is crowned with glory and honor; Jesus has had all things placed under his feet in utter subjection. We, however, can’t always see that. Sometimes the smoke and fog obstructing our view is of our own making, whether it be our sin or simply our busyness. Sometimes the smoke and fog is Satan’s work. It’s in those moments—indeed, especially in those moments—that we must realize that just because we can’t see a thing doesn’t make it any less real or true. We must look, rather, with the eyes of faith (2 Cor 5:7) if we want to see Jesus.

Three days after my initial visit, I returned to Rushmore. The day was warm and sunny; the view was as clear as spotless glass. Obviously, I had no problem seeing the faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. It reminded me of the apostles who, on a certain day, saw their Lord crucified like a common criminal and buried, only three days later to discover him raised, exalted, and glorified as the supreme Son of God.

Three days, it seems, can change your entire perspective of things.

Michael Whitworth is the founder of Start2Finish and author of several books, including the award-winning The Epic of God and The Derision of Heaven. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading and drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his awesome family.