In the Gospel of John one central thread is “Seeing.” In chapter one, two disciples begin to follow Jesus and he asks, “What are you looking for?” They ask where are he is staying. He responds, “Come and See.” It is as if Jesus is also addressing you and me, the readers of the Gospel, “Come and See.” As we read the Gospel we begin to “see” Jesus.
In Chapter four, after her encounter at the well of Jacob, the woman runs and invites the town (and the reader as well), “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!” In chapter nine, Jesus heals a blind man and later Jesus asks him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man.” When the blind man responds, “Tell me, so I may believe in him,” to which Jesus says, You have seen him, the one speaking with you. ” In chapter twelve some Greeks approach one of Jesus’ disciples and ask, “we wish to see Jesus.” In chapter fourteen, Jesus tells the disciples that they will know the Father, “From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Jesus is the tangible, visible expression of God, the Father.
The theme of seeing culminates in chapter twenty, when Thomas makes his fateful comment about Jesus’ resurrection, “Unless I see the mark of nails in his hands, I will not believe.” When Jesus reveals himself to Thomas and says, “Put your fingers here and see my hands. Do not doubt but believe,” Thomas confesses his faith, “My Lord and My God.” Jesus then speaks as if to you and me, the readers, “Have you believed because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
We may not have visions of Jesus, but we see him in the story of the Gospel and in the lives of God’s children. Thomas was not the first skeptic nor the last. At times, I have similar doubts. Yet as I study God’s word with God’s people, I see Jesus. We bear witness to one another.
How have you seen Jesus today?
Prayer: Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, that I might see and believe.