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First I would like to say thank you to my dear friend Lionel Sneed for allowing me to write for his site. Anytime I am asked to write or speak for another it is a great honor and privilege that is not taken lightly. As I sought the Lord for guidance as to what to write I heard this come up. Behold Jesus. As I continued to pray I heard the phrase come up again, Behold Jesus. I began to look at Jesus, still trying to figure out exactly what to write about and I heard the same thing, Behold Jesus. After many days it finally occurred to my lightning fast mind that the Lord was telling me to write about Beholding Jesus, so that’s what we’ll get into today. Before we get started I want to say thank you again to my friend and brother for asking me to write. Ok, let’s get started.
If you have children or were a child (which should cover everyone) this next phrase should be familiar to you. “Look at me while I’m talking to you.” Have you ever heard or told someone this? I’m sure you have. The point someone makes when they say this is that they want the other person or persons whom they are speaking to, to be attentive and focused in on them and what they are about to say.
For the sake of this article I want to present you with a word that I think is important for this discussion and that word is behold. I know that this is not a word that we use often in today’s time, in fact, I’m not sure I ever hear this word in conversation, but I want to zone in on this word to express few thoughts to you today.
If you notice in the first paragraph I didn’t say “Behold me while I’m talking to you” (although that would be correct). It does mean to look, but there are actually much deeper meanings than just to look. Let’s check out the definition so that we have a better foundation for where we are going.
Looking at Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary the word Behold means: to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care. To look upon, to see. To fix the attention upon an object; to attend; to direct or fix the mind.
Within this definition we have the word fix which means: to make stable, to set or establish immovable, to set or place, to fasten, to set or place steadily; to direct, as the eye, without moving it, to set or direct steadily without wandering. So now when I say Behold Jesus it has such a grand meaning which could be expressed this way. To make our eyes set without moving or wandering them, established immovable, fastened with attention and to observe Jesus with care. This is much grander than to just look at or glance at Jesus.
Let’s get into some scripture.
John 1:29-34 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
John, with the utmost enthusiasm says, Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! I can image those around him having many amazing and even perplexing thoughts when they heard this. I believe that they looked at Jesus with great attention and observed the one who John spoke about as he both prophesied Him as the Lamb and proclaimed Jesus the Son of God.
When we behold Jesus we see the Father.
John 14:5-12 (AMP0
5 Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?
6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
7 If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
8 Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father—that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied.
9 Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]
12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
Not only do we have the awesome privilege of being able to behold Jesus, we also get to see the Father when we behold Jesus. I’m brought to such awe to know that the creator of the universe is our Father and by beholding Jesus we also get to behold the Father. One of the wonderful things about the Father is that His love for us is unconditional and He continues to show His love for creation on a daily basis. You and I are truly blessed.
What Will You Behold?
Philippians 3:1-17 (AMP) 1 For the rest, my brethren, delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him. To keep writing to you [over and over] of the same things is not irksome to me, and it is [a precaution] for your safety.
2 Look out for those dogs [Judaizers, legalists], look out for those mischief-makers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
3 For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit and by the Spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances—
4 Though for myself I have [at least grounds] to rely on the flesh. If any other man considers that he has or seems to have reason to rely on the flesh and his physical and outward advantages, I have still more!
5 Circumcised when I was eight days old, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew [and the son] of Hebrews; as to the observance of the Law I was of [the party of] the Pharisees,
6 As to my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church, and by the Law’s standard of righteousness (supposed justice, uprightness, and right standing with God) I was proven to be blameless and no fault was found with me.
7 But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.
8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),
9 And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11 That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
15 So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.
16 Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that. 17 Brethren, together follow my example and observe those who live after the pattern we have set for you.
In daily conversations with people, I’m led to believe that most of us tend to behold ourselves, our finances, our feelings, our jobs, our achievements, the economy…etc, (and the list goes on) much more than we behold Jesus, as if to say that by us fixing our eyes and attention on all these other things we can somehow cause them to get better for us, but the truth is that it won’t. We have no power in and of ourselves to overcome the problems of life, but with and through Jesus we are more than conquerors (see Romans 8:31-39).
I want us to look again at what Paul says in verses 8 & 9 of the passage that we read: 8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), 9 And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
Paul had many accolades to boast about, but instead of doing that he said I count everything as loss compared to knowing Christ. We have to learn to and on purpose place our attention on Jesus, not on what we can or cannot do. All that the world has to offer doesn’t compare to the fulfillment that you will find in Jesus. Paul wanted more than anything to know Jesus (Philippians 3:10). The things he did on this earth were garbage compared to being able to follow Jesus. If you have ever tried to follow someone without actually focusing on them then you know that it’s pretty hard. In order to follow Christ we have to actually keep our attention on Him. Keep this in mind: “Our relationship with Jesus is priceless.”
If you want to see what’s beautiful, pure, awesome, amazing, life changing, perfect, holy, righteous,..etc., then set your eyes on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the presence of the Lord is the fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. I know I want to be more like Jesus and if you do too, I encourage you to fix your eyes upon Him continually. You and I will go in the direction in which we place our attention and focus. The more we behold Jesus the more we will become like Him. Continue to rest your eyes on the perfect one. As I’m writing, this thought came to my mind about my wife and how when we were dating there were times where I would just study and observe her with my eyes; wanting to see more and more of her. I still do that today and it’s something that I am doing more with Jesus. To just gaze at His beauty and splendor, His majesty and greatness, to just sit as His feet and fellowship with Him. My prayer for you is that you have that same hunger and desire, to behold Jesus and fall in love all over again with Him.
Behold Jesus, the precious Lamb of God!