Jesus Sees People
Jesus Sees Deeply Into People In Ways We Often Miss
There are many examples of this in the Bible. He saw a woman with an embarrassing bleeding issue; a blind man named Bartimaeus, who, as the writer Mark tells us, saw and understood what Jesus was trying to get across to his disciples even when they were not getting it. Jesus noticed Zacchaeus, a “local” with a bad personal history and shady reputation. Everyone else saw greed and selfishness; Jesus saw forgiveness and generosity. He saw greatness in this man.
Jesus Has A Keen Eye for People
Sometimes I think of this when I am walking on Mass Street passing dozens of people every minute. I wonder what person Jesus would be noticing, and what he would notice about them. Sometimes I pray and ask God to help me see what He sees. It changes the way I am looking.
One of our core Jesus stories from the Bible at Rock Hill is found in Matthew 4:18
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus saw unlearned, unimportant fisherman as the ones through whom he was going to change the world. This passage is core for us because it summarizes core dimensions of what it means to follow Christ
• Follow me – this is the essence of discipleship. It represents our most fundamental identity as his disciples – following – even as leaders, we are followers first.
• I will make you – this describes the process of discipleship, of being formed in him.
• Fishers of men – he is forming himself in us because he loves us; but it is not just about us; we are not an elite club; because he also loves others, he has a missional vision for our lives. The work he is doing in us, he intends to spill over into the lives of others.
Following Christ, Formed in Christ, Faithful to his mission
This is the vision God sees for us.