Directing to the disciples, YAHSHUA said, Blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see and did not see; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear (Matt. 13:16-17). YAHSHUA was referring to Himself, and to His teachings. That generation was the most blessed generation to have not only seen the Son of God and heard Him, but also having had Him to live amongst them. Later, Peter confirmed the words of our Lord YAHSHUA by saying, The prophets, who prophesied of the grace which was intended for you, searched and inquired earnestly about this salvation, They sought to whom or when this was to come which the Spirit of Christ working within them was indicating when He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that should follow. It was then disclosed to them that the services they were rendering were not meant for themselves and their period of time, but for you. Things which have now already been made known plainly to you by those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Into these things angels long to look! (I Peter 1:10-12).
One of them was the Prophet Isaiah, who prophesized about YAHSHUA’S birth, trials, and death in chapters 9, 52 and 53 of Isaiah. He said, For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And the people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shined (Isaiah 9:3,6); and in chapter 52:14, 15; 53:5 He uttered these words: His face and His whole appearance were marred more than any man’s and His form beyond that of the sons of men- but just as many were astonished at Him So shall He startle and sprinkle many nations, and kings shall shut their mouths because of Him, for that which has not been told them shall they see, and that which they have not heard shall they consider and understand; but He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtains] peace and well-being for us were upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole (Isaiah 52: 14,15; 53:5).
Moses, the leader of Israel, and also a prophet, was the only one with whom God spoke face to face, mouth to mouth as in an audible voice. God, through the Angel of the Lord -YAHSHUA, first appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush while he was keeping the flock of his father-in-law to the west side of the wilderness, arriving to Horeb of Sinai, the mountain of God. He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God (Ex. 3: 1-2,5). Months later, three months after Israelites left the land of Egypt, God appeared to Moses and the people at the same mountain, in fire, smoke, thunder, lightning and a loud trumpet sounding, and with a voice (Ex. 19). Tremendous experience, but still, Moses did not see God’s face, for He told him, You cannot see My face, for no man shall see Me and live (Ex. 33:20).
YAHSHUA’S life shared with men on earth was special, beyond any experience men would have had in his life-time. Although, not having been received by His people, that did not change Who He was- God incarnate. The Word of God says, He came for His own, but they did not receive Him. But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in His name (John.1:11-12). On His encounter with the Samaritan woman, many came to meet YAHSHUA. As a result, many Samaritans believed Him and they testified of Him, saying, Now, we no longer believe just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves. We know that He truly is the Savior of the world (John 4:40-42). They could not help but to testify of Him as the Messiah of the world Who was to come. Tragically, the Jews did not express such a testimony nor acknowledge Him as their Messiah, even before many miracles of a supernatural nature were being performed amongst them. But in contrast, the Gentiles begged to have just a glimpse of Him. “We want to see Jesus.”
In spite of all the chaos the world is experiencing today, deep inside those confused people, there is a cry, “We want to see Jesus!” They want to see Jesus in the lives of those who take the title after His name- Christians. Because the light of His presence has faded in many of our lives, there is no reflection of His glory flowing from us to the world’s darkness, while searching for the Light. YAHSHUA said, You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven (Matt. 5:14,16). Let’s make the world brighter by radiating YAHSHUA’S presence in whatever we do or say to satisfy the world’s cry, “We want to see Jesus!”