How do you see Jesus?

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Luke 19:2-3

2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

Zacchaeus just wanted to see Jesus. Not through somebody else’s eyes, somebody else’s opinion, or even somebody else’s ideology. He just wanted an un-adulterated view of Jesus. “He sought to see Jesus who he was.”

Question: How do you see Jesus? The way you see Jesus will determine how you will respond to Jesus and what you believe about Jesus. When I am talking about seeing, I am talking about our perception.

Luke 18 speaks of a man that was blind sitting on the side of the road. When he heard the crowd passing by, he asked what it meant. The crowd informed him that it was Jesus of Nazareth. It was at that point this blind man began yelling “Jesus, thou son of David have mercy on me.” The crowd tried to quiet him down, which only caused him to cry out even more. Even though this man was blind, he saw an opportunity to have his life forever changed. They saw Jesus as a life changer.

There was a man in the country of the Gadarenes that lived among the tombs. No one could control him. When they tried to tie him with chains he would break the chains. Mark 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped him. This man saw Jesus as a way to get out of his depraved condition. He saw Jesus as a deliverer.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” He saw Jesus as Savior.

Before Jesus was crucified, the soldiers that scourged Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head and a purple robe and then would bow saying “Hail, king of the Jews.” The soldiers saw Jesus as a mockery.

Pilate presented Jesus to the Jews wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! Pilate saw Jesus as just a man.

Herod was excited to see Jesus in hopes that he would perform a miracle. Herod saw Jesus as a side show.

While Jesus was hanging on the cross the rulers derided him, saying he saved others, let him save himself, if he be Christ. The rulers saw Jesus as a fake.

Today many see Jesus as a fictional character. Hollywood sees Jesus as satire. The educational system sees Jesus as mythology.

Again, how do you see Jesus? If you see him as a healer, you can ask him for your healing. If you see him as deliverer, you can ask him for deliverance. If you see Jesus as a life changer, he will change your life. If you see Jesus as the savior, then you should allow him to save you.

How you see Jesus will affect the way you respond to his calling.

Rev. Rusty Bennett is pastor of Relevant Church in Carrollton.