That Gaze


A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Mark 2:1-2

Jesus spoke to very captive audiences. They hung on His every word. He told stories. He spoke in parables. I can imagine He threw in some teaching stories from His childhood days, though non are recorded. Jesus could relate to the people, despite His position as the Second Person of the Trinity. The Scriptures came alive when He read them because He wrote them. John even tells us He was the Word of God.

As He spoke, I also believe He was praying for the people He was speaking to. What was it like to make physical eye contact with the Son of God?

I had a friend who knew a photographer on assignment once at the White House during the Bush administration. He said his best photo was when the President looked straight into his camera and he snapped it. Why? The leader of the free world was looking directly at this photographer at that moment in time. And by extension, Bush was looking directly at the photographer. It was a powerful moment.

As Jesus spoke and looked out into His crowds, the Bible also tells us elsewhere that He had compassion on the people because they were harassed and oppressed by their religious and government leaders. He understood their pain because they harassed and oppressed Him too.

As He looks out into your eyes today, what does He see?

Someone who’s busy and distracted?
Someone who longs for those moments with Him?
Someone who’s confused and befuddled at life?
Someone who’s been hurt bad and in need of healing?

In any given day, we can be that person with all those emotions.

But the point is to have that time with Him so you can look into His eyes and He can look into yours.

As the old gospel song says, “the Savior is waiting…”


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