“But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with Glory and Honor, that He by the Grace of God should taste death for every man.”
To see Him, you must look through eyes of faith; in so doing, you’ll see Him everywhere.
Do you see Him, Pilgrim, right there beside you as you read these words? Do you see Him sitting in the seat next to you as you drive to work, longing for some conversation with you? Do you see and feel Him holding you close as you anxiously wait in the ICU waiting room or sit in sorrow during visitation at the funeral home?
Again, to do so, you must be looking through eyes of faith.
And, you must be looking for Him even as you would for a close friend in a crowded room.
But, do not worry: He’s also looking for you. And, He’ll have no problem finding you because He loves you very much and longs to spend time with you.
Yes, in those times when we’re surrounded and overwhelmed by life’s “Great Not Yets” (v.8c), we must “lift our eyes higher than our mountains of problems and see Jesus, the Author and Finisher/Perfecter of our faith” (Ps. 121:1-2; Heb. 12:2a). In so doing, we most assuredly will see Him “high and lifted up” even as Isaiah did that day (Is. 6:1ff); however, we’ll also see Him having been “made a little lower than the angels,” Who intentionally became one of us so through His “suffering of death” we could become one of His. Hallelujah!!
Think of it:
“Made a little lower than the angels”—this One, “for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things,” willingly allowed Himself to become human and be subjected to every temptation and trial we’ll ever experience (Heb. 4:14-16).
“For the suffering of death”—Again, He knew BEFOREHAND in His omniscience what type of reception He’d receive here on terra firma; yet, He “steadfastly set His Face toward Jerusalem” (Lk. 9:51) to fulfill His purpose as “the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn. 1:29, 36).
“Crowned with Glory and Honor”—Although dying a horrible, agonizing death on the Cross, “for the joy that was set before Him, He endured it, despising the shame and is now set down at the right Hand of the Throne of God” (Heb. 12:2b). Praise His Holy Name!
“That He, by the Grace of God, should taste death for every man”—Our Substitute. Our sinless Sacrifice. The “Lamb of God,” Who’d have no last-second reprieve as did Isaac atop the altar on Mt. Moriah that day (Gen. 22:1-14). What kind of Love is this? Truly, a God-type, God-size Love (agape). Thank You, Lord!
If the pressures and problems threaten to do you in today, Pilgrim, stop, close your eyes and lift up your spiritual eyes and “see Jesus”. . .right there beside you. . . whispering, “Rest in Me. All is well. We’ll face this time together.” Beautiful.
By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated January 8, 2010