“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“I Have Seen the Lord”
(Please read John 20:18)
Christians who attempt to tell others about the Lord are often greeted with skepticism. Unbelievers may say they will believe in him when they see him, or ask why he doesn’t reveal himself to them if he really exists. And so on.
Unlike the occasional modern-day pretender who wants to be regarded as the real Messiah, Jesus did not make a personal appearance to unbelievers to prove himself.
We may sometimes wonder why he didn’t make a grand appearance in downtown Jerusalem, publicized in advance, so that everyone could see him and hail him as the Son of God. But that was not part of his plan. His plan was to appear to those who already believed in him, and send them out to tell others the good news of redemption through Christ. And it worked; the gospel spread rapidly via his faithful witnesses.
When Thomas confessed Him as Lord, Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29, NIV). Two verses later, John added that these things (in his gospel account) were written “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may haves life in his name.”
We who have not seen him literally may see him through the testimony of the scriptures, and others can see him there and in our lives as well. So let each of us, like Paul, be able to say, “Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). May he be visible to others through us.