In many traditions, the eyes represent “The Window of the Soul”; because they reflect our emotions, fears and our deepest emotive shades. Our eyes transmit much more than we perceive and feel. They can transmit mercy, fear, distrust, loves, sadness, etc. We can even express who we are and what we feel through our eyes. Depending on the type of relationship we have with someone, it’s possible to communicate with the eyes.
At the trial of Jesus, when he was being judged, something happens with Peter, one of his disciples. Luke 22:60-62 Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” At that very moment, the last word hardly off his lips, a rooster crowed. Just then, the Master turned and looked at Peter. Peter remembered what the Master had said to him: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.
Jesus looks at Peter, and in that look, we find something significant. It’s not condemnation nor recrimination. It’s not complaint neither sadness. Through Jesus’ eyes Peter, and we too, can get help and salvation.
The eyes of Jesus are upon our failure and weaknesses to make us strong.
Our culture tells us to highlight our strengths and minimize or hide our weaknesses. Failures and weaknesses: Who doesn’t have one? James 3: 2 “We all fail a lot”… “We all stumble in many ways”. We all mess up, make mistakes, sin. Nobody is perfect. The “good news” is that God has provided a way for us. Jesus Christ came to be our bridge to God. We must understand that we all fail, and if we have failed still it’s not the end. We are tempted to exaggerate failure. But we must treat failure as a moment and not a monument, because you’ll learn more in a single failure than in a lifetime of success. God does not consider you a failure, despite all your faults and your weaknesses. Because God has not created failures. Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
The eyes of Jesus are upon your tears to console you.
When Peter realized he had denied Jesus 3 times the same night he went and cried, cried and cried. Those tears were a demonstration of Peter’s pain because of his failure. The tears Peter sheds initiated the process of repentance and restoration, and those tears Jesus saw, and his heart was moved. Life hurts and hits. Even when we have surrendered our lives to Jesus, we don’t receive immunity against the wounds of life.
Perhaps you are crying, and nobody knows. You’re hiding your crying in the bathroom while you’re showering or on the pillow. You are hiding because you think no one will understand you or defend you. Those wounds don’t need to destroy you. Jesus wants to help us overcome those pains. Jesus sees your tears and his heart is moved with compassion and love. Psalm 56: 8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Tears touch the heart of our God. He isn’t aloof and cold. Jesus wants to console you. But you must surrender your tears, sadness and problems to him. Psalm 34:17-18 “When the righteous cry, the Lord hears and rescues them from all their distress and troubles. The Lord is near to the heartbroken…” Jesus wants to dry your tears, but you must want his divine protection. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Have you been betrayed by friends or family? Jesus understands and he sees your tears. Have you been treated unjustly by co-workers? Jesus understands and he sees your tears. Have you lost loved ones through terrible diseases? Jesus understands and he sees your tears. Have you suffered poverty and hunger, or experienced emotional distress and physical pain? Jesus understands and he sees your tears. Tears are not a sign of weakness; they are a sign of humanity.
Jesus doesn’t look to condemn us but to save and bless us.
The eyes of Jesus are always with love, mercy and grace. The eyes of Jesus are upon your heart and want to recovery the joy in your live and give peace to you and to your relationships. Open your heart to Jesus right now. If you have failed, Jesus wants to give you another chance. If your heart is frustrated and hurt, Jesus sees and wants to restore you.
THE EYES OF JESUS ARE UPON YOUR LIFE AND HE WANT TO GIVE YOU NEW DAYS.
Pastor Norberto Obermann