Discover the Book - November 11


Look into Christ's Eyes

The Amazing Eyes of Jesus Christ

"His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire."

-Revelation 1:14, emphasis added

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to personally look into the eyes of Jesus Christ? When most people think of Jesus, they immediately picture His eyes of compassion-perhaps as the Good Shepherd carrying a lamb, or of Jesus tenderly cradling a little child on His lap. There's no doubt about it: Jesus cares deeply about His children!

Consider these different ways that the eyes of the Lord so lovingly watched out for His children: Hagar experienced Christ's eyes of compassion (Genesis 16:1-13); Joseph experienced Christ's purifying eyes of consecration (Genesis 39:1-9); David experienced Christ's ever-present eyes of comfort and confidence when he felt alone and fearful (Psalm 139); the disciples experienced Christ's calming eyes of rescue (Matthew 14:22-33); and Peter experienced Christ's sad eyes of chastening when he tried to live in his own strength (Luke 22:54-62).

When we are troubled, Jesus says, "Look up! See My eyes of compassion and concern for you." He longs for His children to keep on looking into His eyes so that He can guide and care for us.

All of us, adults and children alike, are easily drawn to Christ's eyes of compassion, but we should never forget that He also has eyes of fiery judgment. When Jesus stood before the Apostle John, John was so afraid that he "fell at His feet as dead" (Revelation 1:17). What he saw revealed that the eyes of Jesus were ablaze with an otherworldly glow, a fire that nothing can stand before. For just a moment, consider what it means to have laser-like eyes:

A laser is a beam of coherent or focused light. Sunlight is incoherent and unfocused light of many wavelengths, and going in every direction. A laser is light of one wavelength and direction. Thus a laser can focus the energy of light to a point bright enough to melt and vaporize steel, rock, or any other material we know of on earth. A laser works a million times faster and more powerfully than a nuclear explosion. A concentrated point of light all going in one direction and at the same wavelength can heat material at a rate of one trillion degrees per second.

Applying that knowledge to the eyes of Jesus, imagine what it would be like to personally look into His eyes-the amazing eyes of God!

The eyes of Jesus inspect and refine our lives. He can see right through us. He can see people in the dark, far away, and even in the future. Jesus sees into the very core of our being as His "eyes like a flame of fire" penetratingly scrutinize us. He "is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets" (Daniel 2:47). Do you remember the comment of the woman at the well who fell under Jesus' gaze? He told her the secrets of her past, things that she thought were long forgotten: The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet"(John 4:19a). Incredibly, God Almighty "knows the secrets of the heart" (Psalm 44:21b)!

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Originally published November 11, 2020.