What did Jesus see when His eyes fell upon corroded humanity? In the crowded streets and beaches of Jewish territories, He encountered corroded flesh everyday. Before His eyes paraded a host of deaf, blind, gaunt, naked… .fading and dying humanity; both physically and spiritually so. I do imagine that His eyes perceived the rule of Death more keenly among us than we ourselves could ever know. He saw dead men and women barely walking, everyday. He experienced their deficiencies, misplaced vanities, cutting insults and accusations. Flesh and blood did Christ no justice. Yet, despite the presence of divisive and hostile flesh, despite its wounding and helplessness, Jesus Christ came searching for something among it that one would suppose could not exist. He came searching for the active kingdom of God…
He searched for God’s Life weaving through our stories. He came to discover the breath and vitality of Eternity knocking on our flesh and blood doors. His eyes were so healthy. They could see what the Father sees. He could perceive what His Father was doing in this dying humanity… “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things,” Mark 6:34. He saw correctly. His good eyesight and godly perspective allowed Him to make a right judgment. He would teach them.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick,” Matthew 9:12. He came to those who knew they were dying in their humanity, in their corroded condition. There, on our seashores and in our streets, the Son of God, lost His heart. He stared long at our deficiency and He felt its aggressive desires in His own body. He knew us well.
How pathetic. How sensitive to us, He was. There was a vision in His mind of humanity restored. There was a vision of reconciliation between God and mankind. There was a treasure and a pearl, long buried, now only a rumor. Was the God-Man relationship of Eden reconcilable, restorable, revivable? Only He knew. Only He could accomplish it through a vibrant, self-sacrificing intercession. Bless the Savior for His good vision that has sought and sacrificed to revive a godly kingdom among men! Bless the Savior who has sold all and risked all and has given His whole heart! Bless the Savior!
He has come to find….