by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-7]
A. We like to think that we see things as they really are, but do we?
B. We don’t see things the same way God does, but in the gospels we get a glimpse at the world through the Savior’s eyes.
I. Jesus always saw things differently.
A. Where the twelve saw a Samaritan woman in a hostile place, Jesus saw a thirsty soul and a field that was ready to harvest (John 4:5-10,39-42).
B. Where the Jews saw the consequence of a man’s sins (John 9:2,34), He saw an opportunity to glorify God (vs. 3).
C. Where mankind sees nothing but loss, in death Jesus saw the opportunity to give life (John 12:24; 10:10-11; cf. 11:35).
II. Jesus looked at the spiritual, not the carnal.
A. He spoke to Nicodemus of a spiritual birth (John 3:5).
B. He spoke to the Samaritan woman about “living water” (John 4:10-15) and to the disciples about a spiritual food they did not know about (vss. 31-34).
C. When Jesus instructed the twelve to feed the multitude (Mark 6:37), He really wanted them to give the people the ever-satisfying “bread of life” (John 6:6-27,48-58).
A. “Are we blind also?” (John 9:40). Are there blind spots in our field of vision that we need to have removed?
B. We can learn to see things through Jesus’ eyes if we will dwell upon His words and allow ourselves to prayerfully struggle with the “hard sayings” that He delivered.