THE EYES OF JESUS

THE EYES OF JESUS“His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.” (Revelation 19:12). I would ask everyone who reads this article to consider how the Holy Spirit of God tells us about the eyes of Jesus. In the book of Revelation, the apostle John shows us the eyes of Jesus (Revelation 1:14, 2:18, and 19:12). Each time we are told that His eyes are like a flame of fire. This is a powerful picture of our Lord and Savior as we see Him in eternal victory. “… He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:15). The Spirit of God shows us what He sees and how He feels throughout the New Testament. Look into the eyes of Jesus when He saw the multitudes in all the cities and villages where He preached the gospel of the kingdom and healed every sickness and every disease among the people? Was it not with the eyes of devoted care and love? “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36).

Watch Jesus restore a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath while the Jews look for an opportunity to accuse Him. He will pose a simple question to all who are in the synagogue that day. “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” No one answered Him. “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.” (Mark 3:1-6). We know what the Jews were looking for on that day, but what did the man who was healed see? He was blessed to see the only One who could help his sad condition. Jesus healed him… We knew that He would. What a Savior!

Remember the poor woman in Luke 13 who had a spirit of infirmity for 18 years? She could in no way raise herself up. “But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.’” (Luke 13:12). This woman who was crippled for 18 years was probably subjected to many eyes that held her in disdain. She wasn’t normal and that will cause people to look away or maybe even stare for all the wrong reasons. She has come to the synagogue on the Sabbath once again, because she is a daughter of Abraham. (Luke 13:16). When Jesus sees her, He sees her for who she really is, and He loves her. Rest assured, dear reader that Jesus sees you, He knows who you are, and He loves you. What a Savior!

Consider the compassionate and loving eyes of Jesus on the night of His betrayal. As the disciples sat down, He took Peter, James, and John with Him to pray. It was at this time that He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. He told these three men, “Stay here and watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:37-38). The Spirit of God tells us more about this moment in the book of Hebrews. “Jesus, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Jesus cried out to God! Tears were shed from His own eyes, knowing that the Lord had laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

(Isaiah 53:6). On that same night, with these same eyes, Jesus turned and looked at Peter while the rooster crowed. Peter went out and wept bitterly while Jesus stood alone to bear our griefs. (Luke 22:61-62).

Even on the cross, we see Jesus looking to the needs of His mother. “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-27). Oh, to be like Him and to have His vision! Let us turn our eyes away from evil (Psalm

101:3), Let us seek peace and pursue it (James 3:18), for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous (1 Peter 3:12).

Danny Simmons