Characteristics of Jesus

It’s about the heart!

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15

This doctrine continues to divide the world, both theistic and atheistic, to this very day for good reason.

John’s point isn’t that the sole indicator of one’s salvation is simply calling Jesus “the son of God” (just read Mark 5:7-9).

John’s point (contextually) is that a failure to confess Jesus’ sonship stands as a key indicator of the spirit leading an individual.

Confessing Jesus as the Son of God is a test of the tongue that reveals the heart’s teacher. EA

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.” (John 9:35-38)

The Eyes of Christ

If a person wanted to talk about a set of eyes that saw it all, the eyes of Jesus would fit perfectly. Before His incarnation they saw the creation of the world (John 1:1-3). They saw the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:5-7). They saw Moses come to the burning bush (Exodus 3:4). And when His eyes became flesh they continued to see so much. They even saw straight into the hearts of men (Luke 6:8; Matthew 9:4). And often times the hearts of men saw Jesus’ compassion and mercy.

Christ’s eyes saw the true needs of mankind. On one occasion Jesus witnessed the funeral of a widow’s only son. It was a sight that brought compassion to His heart. The Bible says, “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”” (Luke 7:13)

On another occasion, preceding the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand plus, Christ was going from city to city and the crowds began to follow and the Bible says, “And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34)

There were times when Christ refused to turn His eyes from mercy even when everyone else refused to see it.When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”” (John 8:10-11)

The eyes of Christ saw right through and beyond the actions of men and women: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

When the enemies of Christ falsely arrested Him and held His mock trial, Luke records, “And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?”” (Luke 22:64) The enemies of Christ knew that Jesus could see beyond the physical straight through to the spiritual, but they refused to see the truth themselves. And lest we think we think we’re immune, we need to remember that He can still see us despite the blindfolds that we may try to use on Him. We need to remember that the eyes of Christ watch people even when our eyes are not looking for Him (Luke 21:1-2).

From the cross the eyes of Christ saw His mother and a beloved disciple (John 19:26). From the cross He saw the darkness because of the covered sun (Luke 23:44-45). What a contrast those two things were. But perhaps the most important contrast we see at the cross is the difference in the way that the people were looking at Jesus and the way His eyes were looking at them (Luke 23:34).

How wonderful the eyes of the Savior truly are! EA