‘Seeing’ God More

“Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons……And when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After this he appeared in a different form to two of them while they were on their way to the country. They went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Then he appeared to the eleven themselves, while they were eating, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him resurrected.” Mark 16:9, 11-14 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/mrk.16.12-13.NET


I continue to marvel that Jesus’ first appearances risen from the dead were not to His ‘best friends,’ not His Apostles, but to a woman, a person of lesser social standing in the first century, and to two unnamed men, though later we learn was named Simon. Finally, He appears to His chosen, His inner circle, and rebukes them, for they, of all people, should have believed without seeing, as Thomas will later be chastised for not believing without seeing. Perhaps this is the lesson: the closer we are to God, the less He feels the need to ‘reveal’ Himself to us, for faith believes without seeing. Seeing God is for those doubting God or ignorant of God, whereas those who love God see Him always through everything and everywhere, particularly in His Word. The deepest person of God is filled with the Spirit of God, Whose work is internal in the child of God. This inner work is why we can encounter God every hour, while those who look only externally may only experience Him occasionally. No doubt we would all like to see more of God, but if we look more by faith than sight, we shall see Him more regularly, resulting in our loving Him more obediently.

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