I saw Jesus. Of course, it was not the Jesus I was expecting. He was delivering the “Jesus Manifesto” (aka The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7)).
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
This was stunning. Jesus was smiling most of the time and did not speak in a sterilized monotone. He was serious but he interacted spontaneously with those who were following Him. This is not a sermon delivered from behind a pulpit. This had no stage lighting. There was no microphone. There was not a worship leader with a slick band playing.
It was just Jesus. And … He was smiling!
- Just Jesus with His followers laying out how the Kingdom of God works. Slowly but powerfully.
- And did I mention He had a smile on his face?
I have been reading the scriptures an exceptionally long time.
- I have studied them.
- I have memorized them.
- I hear Jesus but do I see Jesus?
- Is He joyful knowing what is coming down the road?
- What does His Glory look like?
- Does it make me happy (aka blessed)?
Questions. Lots of them. What does Jesus look like when He said that? What kind of expression does He have on His face? What about the people He heals? Do they dance in joy? What did Lazarus look like after Jesus raised him from the dead? I need to add the visual to voice I hear so much.
When the apostle Paul saw Jesus in His resurrected glory, he went blind for a while. That is the resurrected Jesus. The apostle John struggled to describe the resurrected Jesus in the book of Revelation.
But what did Jesus look like when He walked among us?
I saw that Jesus. This was Jesus, raw and very bold. This was Jesus the man talking to his followers.
- This Jesus was smiling.
- Jesus had great joy even though He would suffer like no ever would.
- Do I see the joyous Jesus?