What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “2020”? I think of vision. Sometimes people think that 20/20 vision is perfect vision, but it’s not. It’s just the vision that is normal for people. Just like you can have bad vision, you can also have better vision. If you look at an eye chart and you can read the bottom line, meaning you have 20/10 vision, you have eyesight twice as sharp as that of a normal person. On the other hand, if the smallest letter on the eye chart that you can read is the big “E” at the top, that means you have 20/200 vision and you are legally blind.
Did you know that we have varying degrees of spiritual vision, as well? Jesus spoke of people that could not see spiritually (Matthew 13:13), others who saw things from only a human perspective (Matthew 16:23), and still others who could not see the purpose of a miracle (Matthew 21:32), and finally, there are even those who could not see God when He was standing right in front of them (John 14:9)! These are people who need a spiritual eye exam. They need to have their spiritual vision adjusted, so that they can see God.
On the Sunday of His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples. Up to that point, they had known Him and even worshipped Him as their earthly Savior. But on that day, their vision was adjusted and they saw Him as their Heavenly Savior. The disciples were gathered together in a room and had locked the door. But that didn’t stop the newly resurrected spiritual body of Jesus… He just walked right through the closed door and stopped right in the middle of them. They didn’t know that it was Him. They probably thought He was a ghost and it must have scared them half to death because the first thing He said was, “Peace be with you.” In other words, “Chill out, it’s Me.” John 20:20 (do you see the 2020?) tells us what happened next…
John 20:20 (NASV)
20. And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus revealed Himself to them in a totally new way. He showed them Who He was more than He had ever done before. And they saw Him as they had never known, or understood Him to be, before. They had their spiritual vision adjusted. This year, 2020, let’s pray that God adjusts our spiritual vision so that we see Jesus for Who He is better than ever before. When I think of that my mind runs to the lyrics of a song from the musical, Godspell...
Day by day
Day by day
Oh, Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day.
Lord, let us see Jesus in 2020 far better than we have ever seen Him before. Adjust our spiritual vision!
- Pastor Jim Pennington