Close your eyes. Remember how He looks at you. He’s got lashes on his heart, fluttering freely. Batting wildly. Full and luscious. Dark and lavish. Like the ones He made to frame the ocular lens. God’s eyes gaze intimate. His heart connects at the instant He draws you in close to Him.
See Him… I see His eyes when I close mine. Blazing in the infinite space of Heaven and earth colliding in the heart He made to host His own soul in ours. He wants to love you. See you. Know you. Let God look into your soul by flaming fire.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18
Heart vision. The imperceptible realms of the Kingdom of God made known. The secret space of the inner man unfolded. The spiritual life of the heart and soul amplified to discern and perceive infinite realities outside of the visible. And then worlds collide… the unseen with the seen. Jesus appears… and retinas intensify. Optic nerves clarify. Pupils focus on the Spirit in motion. See Him by the Spirit… See Him in the flesh…
“Then He turned to His disciples and said to them privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.”
Do you see Him?
Your eyes are blessed when you see Jesus. Consider what you are focusing on.
The eyes function at highest capacity when gazing upon the beauty of the Lord. Discerning the unseen to capture its divinity and invite the majesty to infiltrate the seen world around us in beauty. Ask Jesus to come… Heaven to come… the Spirit to come… and capture the essence of the Spirit’s beauty in highest resolution.
The disciples saw Jesus when He walked the earth to save the world He established. To rescue the souls He endowed with the rights to claim a place with Him in love forever. Jesus reminds them of this cherished experience in Luke chapter 10, teaching the crowds of people alongside his 12 disciples.
Jesus goes on to say… “For I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.”
David. Elijah. Isaiah. Jeremiah. Amos. Solomon. They longed for the sighting of the Holy Lord. The King. The Messiah.
What do you long to see?
“My soul thrists for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:2
The psalmist’s heightened expectation to see God spurs a coordinating zeal to be seen by Him also. To connect and be known. To bring every part of Him and see every part of the Lord. The desire itself neccessitates that seeing follows the yearning. God woos you by His Spirit, then causes you to desire Him, then promises you will see Him, so that He and you can dwell together in love.
…looking back to you.
Open your eyes now.
And keep His image in mind as you serve the world around you that they might see God with a heart hungering for more than what the eyes can see.
Jesus says in verse 24 that “prophets and kings desired to see” what the disciples are now seeing. One would think that prophets could already see everything, by the Spirit and prophecy. Yet this clarifies that there is something more than this as well. God gives the gift of seeing spiritually but His ultimate goal is for you to see Him in person. Not through a spiritual portal. For a short time on earth we glimpse the Heavens by the Spirit but there is coming a day when we will see Jesus face to face, in person as God intended us to. This is the apex of our faith… so see Him. And be one people with Him.
This is the blessing Jesus talks about in Luke chapter 10.
The blessing of Jesus being seen visibly, on earth. This is a treasure in itself.
The disciples saw God looking back at them in the gospels. Jesus reaffirms this intimate exchange in Luke chapter 10, revealing the wonder of His presence on earth as man and God. Prophets awaited Him… kings anticipated him… the earth desired to see Him touch down again like He did when He made the garden of Eden. Everyone was waiting for the Messiah. Then He came. The greatest miracle that ever breached the Earth’s atmosphere. A cosmological event shifting the entire universe.
All of time will center upon the first sighting of Christ, cascading forward and backward from the moment in time He inserted Himself in the narrative of human history.
Jesus appearing in the flesh is a big deal. He came to exist with us as He promised to appear to us and live with us.
“As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness;
I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.” Psalm 17:15
David believed he would see Jesus… just as Jesus declares in verse 24. They have all been waiting for Him. And David also asserts the coordinating satisfaction from such a sighting. He says he will be “satisfied” by it. Made into “Your likeness.” We reflect the likeness of God when we see Him. We were made to see Him. And He wants to see us.
God wants to see you in person.
This is our ultimate destiny. This is is the promise of eternal life… where we await the interaction of God and man in Heaven to exist with a holy God and be loved by Him as His treasured people. Live to see God in person.
What did the disciples see?
They saw Jesus.
Your eyes contain the highest properties of biological and supernatural vision. By God’s own design. What do you see with your eyes… the capacity to see is a miracle.
Seeing Jesus is the highest miracle of Heaven.
Seeing Jesus is an intimate exchange.
Luke hightlights in verse 23 that Jesus turns to the disciples “privately” to explain in greater depth the magnitude of what they are experiencing by seeing Jesus. Because they seek to know Him intimately and Jesus has committed to knowing them intimately, they gain the rights to hearing Jesus’ private information.
Jesus talks to the disciples differently than he does the crowds. His intimate secrets are for them. The ones who follow Him everyday.
Who are you talking to? And how are you talking to them?
Intimate communication is for the ones you know intimately. Don’t disclose intimate details to someone who is not in covenant relationship with you.
God does not disclose His secrets to anyone who does not want a relationship with Him.
“The secrets of the Lord are for those who fear Him and He reveals His covenant to them.” Psalm 25:14
Do you want to hear secrets from God? Kindle an intimate relationship with Him.
The crowd can only come as close to Jesus as the space they leave between Him and them. Only those who truly see Jesus for the Messiah and walk with Him will get the gift of intimate communication and disclosure with Him. He can talk to them as if they are captivated by Him because they are, and because they all are in a close relationship. So there is no space for anyone to pushback or reject the love because they have already embraced it.
Jesus can speak to you intimately and passionately when you embrace Him and His love.
Words of endearment belong to lovers.
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely.” Song of Solomon 2:14
The lovers in Song of Solomon rarely, if ever use their names to speak to one another. Instead they use epithets, words of endearment, names of affection that mirror that level of intimacy.
You don’t speak passionate love notes with everyone. You don’t talk to every person in the same way.
Love adapts to the recipient of your message.
Whom are you speaking to? A friend, a family member, a coworker, a lover? Your words will change depending on the relationship.
Jesus’ communication reflects this paradigm of lover-to-lover communication as well. He speaks intimately with His intimate followers, but he speaks in parables with the crowds who are at a distance from Him. You choose your level of intimacy with God. He has already shown you He wants to give you more love… and He will pursue you far more than you can ever pursue Him… but He needs you to receive Him in love… so that He can continue to love you as lover.
Speaking intimately with another is a privelege birthed from love. Don’t share this intimacy with anyone other than the appropriate recipient of that communication.
“Don’t cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample you under their feet.” Matthew 7:6
Those who are not in love with you do no value your intimate words. To share them would be a waste of potent affection. This does mean to swivel to the opposite spectrum and stop loving. It simply means love appropriately. Be wise in whom you show affection to and by what depths you reveal your heart to those who are not in a deep-connected relationship with you.
Without depth of relationship, you cannot share the intimacy of who you are with another. There must be a deeper level of knowing to anchor the intimacy. Intimacy spoken freely outside of the container of reliable love does not always garner reciprocation. Thus, it becomes a casting of pearls before swine. Intimacy can be cherished when you know you are cherished, wholly, in who you are. And that the other equally or moreso cherishes you in return, in tandem with their own self-confidence in who they are. Intimacy flourishes in mutual love.
Love everyone with God’s heart, of course. But don’t give away intimacy to anyone who is not close enough to you for you to share that.
Loving your lover is a much deeper kind of intimacy meant to remain reserved for them.
God is your lover.
God is in love with you…
He is the everlasting mutual partner of love who you can share your intimate affections with.
Jesus wanted us to see Him in person, here on earth. And be captivated in love with Him.
“Blessed are your eyes…” Jesus tells them in Luke 10. Why does he deem their eyes blessed? Because they are seeing JESUS the most beautiful One to ever exist!
I love how Jesus understands His own attractiveness.
Jesus speaks about Himself in a much more zealous way with the disciples only because they have this grounded foundation of love and understanding of who one another is. The disciples desire to know Jesus and Jesus knows this… thus, he gives them the substance of that desire and meets it with more of His heart and revealed essence of who He is. Intimacy thrives through intimate relationship.
Let God be your lover and you receive the access to hearing the deepest affections of His heart.
Let God be your lover and you will see the beauty you long to see.
Because He is the beauty.
Insure your intimacy with God. Protect it. Safeguard it. Defend it from the danger of damages, losses and afflictions by nurturing it through your words before anything ever happens to it.
Intimacy given to anyone outside of intimate love is uninsured intimacy. When you give it, you may never get it back… you may never have it reciprocated. You may never see it produce anything. You may never benefit from it. So don’t give intimacy to anyone who has not earned that in your life.
Giving intimacy to someone whom has committed to you in love anchors that intimacy in a foundation of reliability. Uncommitted love accompanied with uncommitted intimacy steals your joy.
Passionate love develops and increases because the two are committed to one another and the growth of that relationship. To have uncommitted intimacy is to have sporadic intimacy. Sporadic intimacy has no time to grow. Thus it withers. It’s like the soil sewn on the rocky soil. It withers and never takes root.
Intimacy unrooted leaves you empty and hungry. You cannot have enough when you live that way. Stop giving your enduring, intimate heart to those who only want a temporary feeling. Instead, commit your soul to the eternal God who’s intimate love never halts or flakes. It’s always consistent. Dependable. Reliable.
God told Jeremiah “I have continued to extend my faithful love to you” in Jeremiah 31:3.
This continuation of persistent love is an act of commitment on behalf of the giver because He chooses to keep loving. It’s not sporadic love. It’s not impulsive love. It’s steady and committed love.
When someone wants you when they want you how they want you they are not operating according to intimate love. They are operating according to biological love. The body is the base level. The soul is higher. Anyone can give their body, but can they give their soul? Don’t make love to a body. Wait for a soul who connects with you. And God’s soul connects with you perpetually.
Experience love from God supernaturally.
You will see what you ask to see. Think about what it is you are asking. Because your expectation or lack thereof opens the doorway to spiritual vision.
He know the world has been waiting for Him. Imagine meeting someone and telling them after the in-person collision: you are blessed for seeing Me. This is what Jesus is saying. HE is the reason why their eyes are blessed.
Jesus blesses your eyes.
In the Bible we read about a prophet who had also been waiting for the Messiah… just as Jesus tells the disciples in Luke chapter 10. His name is Simeon and he was promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah in person, in the flesh, on earth. What a promise… We read about this in Luke 2.
“And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32
Simeon blesses God at the moment of God blessing Him with the promised sighting of the Messiah. Simeon says “my eyes have seen Your salvation.” He completely knows this baby is the Messiah, the promised one before anybody else tells him. Mary and Jospeh have not told him… Simeon just knows… because He has been waiting to see the Messiah for his whole life.
What are you waiting for?
What does your life depend on?
Simeon received the gift of His promised hope because He knew what He was looking for. His life anchored in culmination at the moment he held Jesus, the Messiah in His arms as the Holy Spirit had promised. Then he declares the destiny yet to come as a result of this Messiah coming into the world: a light to all people, both Jews and Gentiles. This is a very significant observation by Simeon. How would He know that Jesus would save both Jews and Gentiles? Jesus has not yet opened the door to the Gentiles… but He will. Simeon knows this because He has intimate knowledge of who Jesus is and what He seeks to accomplish in savign the whole world… because he has heard secrets from God about this occurence through His intimate relationship with Him. Through seeking God for his entire life.
Simeon says “my eyes have seen” when he expresses his vision now of the Lord. It’s not only a spiritual vision. Now it’s a real, face to face encounter. Simeon calls him a “light.”
Simeon radiates in this moment because of the King of glory in his arms.
Lashes on his heart, he flutters wildly at the sight of Heaven’s prize. Achings on his soul from all the waiting drift in wonder resting in His arms now because the moment was worth the wait. Heartache emanates from the longing to see… and hungering the promised hope of Heaven’s reality penetrating the seen. But the unseen is infiltrating us now. Jesus came. And He’s coming again.
“Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and view a land that stretches afar.” Isaiah 33:17
See Jesus, and glow with delight.
Your eyes are stunning because of Jesus.
Your eyes are beautiful because of Jesus.
Your eyes are healing because of Jesus.
Your eyes are inviting because of Jesus.
Your eyes are angelic because of Jesus.
Your eyes are powerful because of Jesus.
When Jesus is what you are looking for, you entire life catapults with purpose and joyful longing of Him. Awaiting Heaven. Seeing the divine unfold before your eyes. Witnessing miracles. Speaking of His essence present all around you with anticipation for the culmination of the union.
I saw you by the Spirit
but you drew me by the intimate
words you spoke
to my heart
when You set me apart
to be Yours
then I will see You by the eyes
You designed to shine
a holy light
blazing in Your eyes
You want us to see You
and we will see You