I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The old saying goes, “Seeing is believing.” And in many cases that is certainly true. However, in the Christian life seeing holds a far greater purpose than simply believing. Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” [John 20:29]
The Triune God gathers His church around the Word and the Table that we might see our risen Lord. We see Him in the songs we sing; we see Him in the love and grace we extend to one another; we see Him as we gather as one people where there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus; we see Him in all the Scriptures as they are read and preached; and we see Him in the bread and wine.
For us today, seeing is not just believing. Seeing is becoming! John the Beloved writes in 1 John 3:1-3:
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.”
The more clearly and affectionately we are able to see Jesus today and in the week ahead, the more we will be conformed into His likeness. Therefore, “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” [Hebrews 12:2-3] AMEN!