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Easter Sunday Sermon: Seeing the World with God’s Eyes

Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? Have you prayed so hard that your “sweat became like drops of blood”? Have you experienced abuse at the hands of someone you loved? Have you been humiliated or bullied?

What do you see when you look at the people who’ve hurt you? Do you see memories of what they’ve done to you? Do you see your own feelings of anger, hurt and fear? What would you see if you asked God to let you see them with His eyes?

On Easter Sunday, I always take the time to reflect on the final hours of Jesus’ life, and the Bible paints a tragic picture of the hours leading up to the crucifixion. Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane so filled with anxiety that He sweat drops of blood, and His own disciples, His friends, couldn’t even stay awake with Him to keep watch. Even though He was heartbroken by the betrayal by one of His own, He still healed the assistant to the high priest when Peter struck him with a sword.

Jesus knew what He was headed for…

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).

He had a rigged trial in which His own people requested freedom for a murderer and crucifixion for Him, an innocent man. He was whipped and beaten. Soldiers stole and placed bets for His clothing, leaving Him essentially naked, then they shoved a twisted crown of large, sharp thorns on His head, dropped a heavy, splintery cross on His shoulder and paraded Him through the streets to the place where He would die. As He carried His cross to Golgotha (“the skull” in Greek), the people lining the streets cursed, mocked and bullied Him.

Do these sound like Jesus’ friends? Yet He was about to lay down His life for them…for us.

Jesus hung on the cross, slowly suffocating for at least three hours. The only way for Him to take any more than the shallowest of breaths was for Him to push up from His feet, which were nailed to the cross along with His wrists, and every time He did so, the wounds on His back would scrape against the splintery wood of the cross.

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour (Luke 23:44).

Do you know what Jesus saw when He looked into the faces of the people lining the road to Calvary? Do you know what He saw as He looked at the crowd as they watched Him slowly die?

He saw that man’s worry over provision for his family.

He saw that woman’s pain over the death of her child.

He saw the abuse that child was suffering.

He saw the fear of that priest.

He saw that boy’s struggle to be a man.

He saw that elderly man’s loneliness.

He saw what five years of not talking to my dad would do to my heart.

He saw my struggle with pornography.

He saw your anger, pain, struggles and fear.

Then He said,

Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34).

Jesus could’ve looked at them, at us, with blind rage, but He didn’t. He looked past the hatred on our faces and saw instead our broken hearts. It doesn’t matter that you and I weren’t physically present at the crucifixion, Jesus still saw your face and mine as He struggled for breath and asked God to forgive us.

It was my sin and His great love for me that kept Him on that cross when He could’ve so easily set Himself free. Jesus could’ve hated me in the midst of His agony, but He didn’t, not even for a moment, because He didn’t look at me with human eyes.

He looked at me with God’s eyes.

Whose eyes do you use to look at others? How will you celebrate Easter today?

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!‘ And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30).

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9 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Athyna on April 23, 2014 at 14:16

    I love this article it’s amazing hearing and seeing how much he loves us.

  2. Maryon

    Posted by Maryon on April 22, 2014 at 07:56

    Wow, God is amazing, his love and grace is amazing. that’s why I know Jesus is Lord! thank you so much for this article, God bless you!

  3. hobbithobbithobbit52891

    Posted by hobbithobbithobbit52891 on April 20, 2014 at 16:29

    wasn’t this posted last year? it’s still really good though 🙂 <3

  4. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on April 2, 2013 at 01:21

    This article did really touch my heart. I can be so hard for me to understand how much Jesus loves us, that he was willing to die for people who hated him, and wanted him nailed on the cross!! Jesus is so awesome!!!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by StickyNoteUser93 on April 1, 2013 at 06:21

    Beautiful. this is one of the most intriguing and inspiring accounts of Jesus’ suffering that I have ever heard. I get physically ill when preachers are super grafic about what Jesus suffered. But that depiction expressed the agony Jesus felt in such a way, that it touched me more deeply than any grafic account ever could.
    Thank you for taking the time to help us understand a little of what Jesus suffered and why He did what He did.

  6. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on March 31, 2013 at 21:27

    This was a powerful article! You have an amazing gift Jenn! So grateful that God worked together to bring all the writers of PI to come and let God use them for His Will!♥

  7. worship

    Posted by worship on March 31, 2013 at 16:56

    Amazing. It made me rethink the meaning of Easter.

  8. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on March 31, 2013 at 16:36

    As many times as I’ve heard the crucifixion story, I’ve never really thought about it quite like that before. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. ForeverChristian123

    Posted by ForeverChristian123 on March 31, 2013 at 12:40

    Wow this is very moving it made me think