Can You See?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1Samuel 13-14; Luke 10:1-24

illusion eg21 At that very moment, Jesus overflowed with joy from the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you’ve hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and shown them to babies. Indeed, Father, this brings you happiness. 22  My Father has handed all things over to me. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wants to reveal him.” 23 Turning to the disciples, he said privately, “Happy are the eyes that see what you see. 24  I assure you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see and hear what you hear, but they didn’t.” (Luke 10:21-24, Common English Bible)

There was an old episode of M*A*S*H where Hawkeye was asked to come into the nurses tent to light their heating stove. The stove blew up in his face and he was unable to see. A doctor, I don’t remember if it said he was an ophthalmologist but I assume so, came and saw Hawkeye. He left Hawkeye with his eyes bandaged and no promises his sight would return. In the end it did. What I remember most, however, was a conversation Hawkeye had with B.J. where he said he truly hoped when the doctor came back he would have his sight again but how losing his sight had been an incredible experience. He talked about enjoying the sound of hearing it rain.

Can you imagine what it would have been like to be a walking-talking person in Jesus’ day? You might suspect Jesus to be the Son of God, but there is a pretty good chance you wouldn’t know for sure. Then Jesus says to the disciples, “‘Happy are the eyes that see what you see.” The twelve had front row seats to the greatest actions ever to take place in the world. They were able to see a man so incredible that more than 2000 years later we are still talking about him and we are still saying we know who he is.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus would tell those he healed not to tell anyone? I have. I believe I might think, “I was sent here to be the savior of the world. If I shout it from the roof-tops more people will believe and if more people believe I will save even more people. In the long run that will be a good thing. Right?

At one of my previous congregations, we had a special service one night and we invited a preacher friend of mine to preach and his choir to come and sing. It really was an incredible evening. It was a part of a four-Sunday night series. We had the biggest audience as we had for any of the series. People from my congregation were asking the choir, the group was extraordinarily talented for the size church from which they came, kept bringing song requests for the choir to sing. At first I thought it was great, they came and they were involved. Then someone said something that made me stop and rethink (I don’t remember who or what was said). It hit me. Many of my church folks didn’t come to worship God, they came for the show.

For Hawkeye, it was about the show to come. For my former church it was about the show in front of them. And, I think Jesus was saying, they couldn’t see God, therefore, it was only a show.

Those are my thoughts anyway. So, can you see, really see? Or, is it all just for show?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

 

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