What are some things we believe in even though we can’t see them?
Do you remember the story of Moses on Mount Sinai? No, not the one where he gets the Ten Commandments from God. The one where he goes up the mountain to pray for the people of Israel after they sinned by making the golden calf, and then Moses asks God to see his glory. “Show me your glory,” he prays. And God says, “No one can see my face and live.”
In 2 Corinthians Paul wants us to remember that story when he says these words to the Corinthian church:
2 Corinthians 4:6. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Before Jesus God said that no one could see his face and live. His glory was just too much to look at. Seeing God’s face would literally kill you.
But in Jesus we have seen the face of God. How? Because Jesus IS God, isn’t he? Those who saw Jesus saw God. Jesus once said, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.”
Now you might be thinking about how sad it is that you’ve never seen Jesus. None of us living today have seen the face of Jesus. And we don’t even have pictures of him or paintings either.
But we have something even better.
We have Jesus in our hearts. We might not be able to see God’s glory with our eyes, but we can see it with our hearts – “God…has shone in our hearts.”
But what does that mean? It means we are able to understand things that go beyond what we can see. Things that make no sense to people who don’t know God and Jesus. Things like eternal life. Things like loving even your enemies. Things like being last in order to be first.
Yes, Jesus is invisible to us. And the truths of Jesus are invisible too. But we can still see them in our hearts. We can still know that Jesus loves us and is with us. Even though we can’t see him with our eyes, we can trust him with our hearts.
This is called faith. Faith is trusting even when we can’t see. Faith is seeing with our hearts instead of our eyes. Faith is knowing that Jesus is always with us and always loving us even though we can’t see him. Faith is loving others even when they don’t always love us back. Faith is knowing that no matter what we will end up with God in heaven.
And when we see with faith we are seeing “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Because of Jesus God’s light is shining in our hearts.
With Jesus we can understand the things of God.
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Watch this scene from National Treasure. Talk about how the glasses allowed Ben Gates to see what was invisible. Jesus is like our glasses that allows us to believe in things that others can’t see – like what? (Heaven, love, people changing for the better).
Because you live in my heart I can now understand things that I can’t see with my eyes. Help me to believe you even though I can’t see you.
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