I was considering recently, what do I really need more than anything right now in terms of my internal, personal devotional life with Jesus? I simply need to see Him. Some of this stemmed from feeling a sort of dryness in reading the Scriptures recently. Now needing to see Jesus in Scripture is true in general all the time for all of us, but there are times that I think this can slip our thinking in our devotional life as being central.
I thought of 1 John 3:2 which says, “we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” To become more like Jesus we need to see Him as He is, more clearly at least (although dimly as through a mirror), as He’s presented in Scripture, and have our hearts melted by the truth. Knowing we will see Him as He is in the end, in His fullness, and being transformed into His likeness to the fullest extent, we need to press into this now. So very simply, at a basic yet rich level, I just need to see more of Jesus in the Bible, the whole Bible, from start to finish (which is why I love the super-structure of the Bible laid out in Covenant theology ).
So I went to Monergism’s site (https://www.monergism.com/) to the section on Christ to read some articles just about Jesus and came across this great long list of verses (without commentary other than section headings) displaying who Jesus is and meditating upon them. It’s been very enriching and heart warming and kindling for my prayer life with Him.
Jesus is fully God, the very God presented to John in Revelation who caused him to shudder in terror at his own unworthiness before such eternal glory and holiness and fall to the ground like a dead man; and He is fully man, the One whom Mary was so drawn to, seeing His mercy and approachable nature, displaying her affection for Him by wiping His feet with her tears using her hair… and all of this in one Person, the second person of the Trinity. The One who should rightly cause us to properly fear Him (Mount Sinai in Exodus? Revelation 20 and the White Throne judgment that is coming upon the world?) and the One we should run after now with our all because He readily accepts sinners (any and all of us) who run to Him.
I love this quote from C.S. Lewis’s the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe which sums up a great literary picture of who Jesus (Aslan) is: “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion””Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”https://christiantruth.com/…/articles…/jesus/