… that which we have seen with our eyes … (Young’s Literal Translation)
But wait. There’s more …
Yes, we can see Jesus in the people who surround us, those we’re given a chance to serve, because He said when we touch their lives, we are touching Him (Matthew 25:40).
And we can see Him by spending more and more time with Him, because then we become familiar with all His ways, and get an image of who He is.
And because we are seeing Jesus as He truly is, and becoming more and more like Him (1 John 3:2), it makes sense that we “see Him” with our own eyes in another place, too: in the mirror. You are becoming Jesus, the closer you walk with Him, the more you follow Him, the longer you pursue Him and devote yourself to Him.
You may not think so right now, but He is within you, and when you look at yourself, you see Him. It comes on you slowly … the letting go of stuff that once seemed so important, the realization that there’s really only one important thing, the acknowledgement that with Jesus you have everything – and without Him you have nothing.
Then one day you’re handing your last dollar to a pan-handler, embracing that weird guy at church like a brother, or offering a ride to a stranger, and when you glance in your rear-view mirror, you see Jesus’ eyes looking back at you.
Rob Bell said the Apostle Paul sees Jesus in the “spiritual rock” of the Old Testament, in part because “the Apostle Paul sees Jesus everywhere.” I have that same tendency, to see Jesus everywhere, because I believe He is everywhere. But I know that He’s inside of me, working His way out now and then when I’ll get out of the way, and I’ve seen Him.
John had seen Jesus with His own eyes. I have, too. In the people around me, and the mirror in front of me. You have, too. And you’ll be seeing more and more of Him, the longer you walk at His side.