LET JESUS OPEN YOUR EYES TO YOUR TRUE REALITY

LET JESUS OPEN YOUR EYES TO YOUR TRUE REALITY

When you look around you today, what do you see? Go on, take a look around; at the world, at your country, at your state, at your neighborhood, at your family; what do you see? Do you see pain and lack? Or joy and celebration? Do you see uncertainty and doubt? Or stability and security?

There is certainly a lot in the world to worry about right now. Economies are slumping, industries are tanking, unemployment is rising and even the environment is suffering. It seems, no matter where you look, Paul was right when he said,

“But you must realise that in the last days the times will be full of danger. Men will become utterly self-centred, greedy for money, full of big words. They will be proud and contemptuous, without any regard for what their parents taught them. They will be utterly lacking in gratitude, purity and normal human affections. They will be men of unscrupulous speech and have no control of themselves. They will be passionate and unprincipled, treacherous, self-willed and conceited, loving all the time what gives them pleasure instead of loving God. They will maintain a facade of “religion”, but their conduct will deny its validity. You must keep clear of people like this.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 [PHILLIPS]

And it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

You know, when I look at the world today, I can’t help but think that the situation for Israel might have been quite the same back in Jesus’ day. After all, they were subjugated under Roman rule, made to serve a foreign master even though they were still in their own backyard; and their lives were always placed at the whim and fancy of their colonial lords.

Yet, when the baby Jesus was brought to Simeon in the temple, this was what Simeon saw.

“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

You want to re-read that again? Yes, you read it right. And yes, Simeon was holding the baby Jesus. His eyesight, though failing, could still tell the difference between a baby and a tactical nuclear weapon. Oh wait, those weren’t invented yet.

But jokes aside, how could this old man see our God’s salvation in this mere baby? He was no larger than most. He was no stronger than most. In fact, Isaiah was right when He prophesied of Jesus,

“…He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.” Isaiah 53:2

And we are talking about a properly old man here; one who would have experienced many years of hardship and seen many kings and princes come and go. So what gave him the insight to be able to recognize that the baby was God’s answer?

“…there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Luke 2:25-26

It wasn’t him, it was the Holy Spirit.

Yes, Simeon was a special man, a ‘just and devout’ man, one who had spent much time, I am sure, conversing with and in the company of our Father. For to Simeon was given the Holy Spirit, and we all know what the Holy Spirit’s role is, don’t we?

“…I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17

The Holy Spirit is here to stay with us and help us. But help us with what?

“…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26

The Holy Spirit is here to comfort us when we are in pain, counsel us when we need guidance, intercede for us when we mess up, advocate for us when we get falsely accused by the devil, strengthen us when we are weak and standby us so that we can have the peace of mind and the confidence of heart to face the day.

And because of the Holy Spirit, Simeon was able to see what the world could not.

But Simeon wasn’t the only one there with the Holy Spirit that day.

“And there was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband seven years from her maidenhood,
And as a widow even for eighty-four years. She did not go out from the temple enclosure, but was worshiping night and day with fasting and prayer.
And she too came up at that same hour, and she returned thanks to God and talked of [Jesus] to all who were looking for the redemption (deliverance) of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:36-38 [AMPC]

For Anna, not only did she see the salvation of God in Jesus, she knew enough about Him to be able to speak of Him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. Talk about having some serious foreknowledge.

But you know what? Though Simeon and Anna were special people in their own right, they really aren’t more special than you or I. For we have just seen from the Gospel of John that we too have been given the

“Helper, that He may abide with you forever…” John 14:16

And He is not a figment of your imagination, because

“…you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:17

You know all those times when you look at a situation and you ‘just know’ the solution to the problem? Just like my Math teacher in college. He was so ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’, he ‘just knew’ how to solve all the Math problems.

Yes, all those times when you ‘just know’, ‘can feel it’, ‘don’t know how to explain it but it just is’; those are the times when the Holy Spirit is doing His job, being the

“…Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26

And that is why you can see things that the world can’t,

“…because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:17

Now, here’s the million dollar question. Because

“To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:11 [AMPC]
Why are we not leveraging on the Holy Spirit’s help each and every time we look into a situation? Do you know just how much time and resources the world spends on trying to unravel the mysteries of the universe? They do that because ‘to them it has not been given’. But for us, it has been given. So why are we not capitalizing on it?

I know what you are thinking. Just what is it that has been given? Well, let’s see what revelation was given to Simeon the very first time he laid eyes on Jesus.

“For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:30-32

Jesus is our salvation. He is the reason that

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

And this doesn’t only apply to one race or creed, this revelation is also for the Gentiles, that is to say, all the rest who are not Jews. For indeed,

“…He Himself is our peace and our bond of unity. He who made both groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us],” Ephesians 2:14 [AMP]

“For he reconciled both to God by the sacrifice of one body on the cross, and by this act made utterly irrelevant the antagonism between them. Then he came and told both you who were far from God and us who were near that the war was over. And it is through him that both of us now can approach the Father in the one Spirit.” Ephesians 2:15-18 [PHILLIPS]

The world spends an inordinate amount of time and energy on trying to sustain life in the here and now, not because they want to be good stewards of all that God has given, but because they are afraid of what is to come for them after this life is over.

But for us, we know that we are secure in the hereafter, for Jesus has said,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

You know, many believers overlook the fact that our futures are secure and they begin to see things the way the world sees things. When that happens, worry and insecurity start to set in.

But if we allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to what our true reality is, if we keep in mind that for us, ours is a sure and secure future in Heaven, then we will begin to see the world very differently, and we will realize that we have been and forever will be under the blessed watch of our Father.

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