Seeing Jesus clearly

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Acts 9:3 – 6

Recently in Sunday School, the question was asked, How could Saul know so assuredly that this was Jesus? None of us in the class really knew the answer. Then it occurred to me that Paul by the Spirit wrote possibly the most enlightening scripture into how to get people to see Jesus for who He really is:

 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4

As the Spirit ministered to me about these two passages together, I thought, Paul had a blinder-free encounter with Jesus! And what do you say in a blinder-free moment with Jesus? First you must confess that He is Lord, for that is who He is and this is required for salvation. Secondly, you say, What would you have me to do? Although many try it these days, it is just not possible to have a relationship with the Lord of lords and the King of kings, and not do something for the Master. Once He is Lord, you no longer are all about your own biddings, but now you are about His!

Paul tells us that the reason one does not believe the gospel is because the devil has them blinded. In reading 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, the key word to me is lest. The god of this age, or the devil, has blinded the minds of the unbeliever lest. Lest what? Lest the light of the … gospel … should shine unto them. That tells us that if anyone could clearly see Him for who He is, then they would bow their knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; that’s what Saul did when He saw the Light that day on the road to Damascus!

This should light a fire in us all to start praying for those who are lost now that we know what’s keeping them from believing! As one put it, we rebuke the devil from them long enough for them to make an intelligent decision. Or, we can command the devil to take his blinders off of the person for whom we are praying, and loose the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to shine unto them in the mighty Name of Jesus!