Yes, I'm late with this post. Sorry. I'm trying to get things wrapped up in the office and around the house before the holidays.
No, I didn't get the quote wrong. You're probably more familiar with the phrase "Seeing is Believing." But for this WoW, this statement fits. If you've been reading my posts for a while, you have quickly learned that I draw some object lessons out of the strangest places and this is no exception. Consider this the Gospel according to The Santa Claus 2 with Tim Allen playing Santa Claus. The brief synopsis is that through an accident, Tim Allen's character, Scott, has become the new Santa Claus. His son, Charlie, has difficulty dealing with this. However, he later makes the following statement to another character in the movie that is having difficulty believing that Scott is the new Santa.
Charlie: Seeing isn't believing; believing is seeing.
You're probably wondering now. "OK, interesting, but how does this apply." Well, let's go to the user's manual for this Christian life - the Bible.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"What is the most significant aspect of the miracle here? That Jesus performed it? I would argue that the most important aspect here is the belief displayed by the blind man. Jesus covered his eyes in mud and then made an imperative statement to the man - '"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam"'. The man's belief and faith were being tested. Did he truly believe in Jesus and the healing Jesus was offering him. His belief required action. What was the result of the action? Healing and sight - "So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." See - Believing is Seeing.
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" Some claimed that he was.
Others said, "No, he only looks like him."
But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see."John 9:1-11
How does this apply during the Christmas season? I offer you two examples. First, the Shepherds:
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.Luke 2:8-18
And then the Wise Men:
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'"
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.Matthew 2:1-12
Again, what is significant in both passages? The belief of the Shepherds and the Magi (Wise Men). In each case their belief required action. For the Shepherds, they had been given a message from the Angels. Leaving their flocks was a major decision, but they acted on their belief to go see the baby Jesus. Believing is Seeing.
For the Magi, they had seen a star and knew it meant something important. They knew from prophecy that someone important was to come out of Bethlehem. However, their belief required action. After a long journey, they finally came to worship the baby Jesus. Again, Believing is Seeing.
So, what will you do with Jesus this Christmas? All He asks is that you believe in Him.
Believing is Seeing that He is the Son of God and was born in a manger, led a humble life and died for our sins so we could be forgiven. Believing is Seeing that He is the answer you've been looking for. Believing is Seeing that He is the only reason for this season.
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