With Eyes Shut Tight (John 1:18)

eyes shut tight

No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. (John 1:18)

Read: Genesis 36:1-43, 1 Chronicles 1:35-2:2

Relate: I remember playing a game of hide and seek when I was about twelve years old or so. Another family that was great friends with ours was over and I would have been the rabble-rouser between the two tribes (literally) of kids. One of their youngest (at the time, there would bemore to come) ran into the other room when I started counting. Once there he squatted down like he was pooping, put his fists straight out to his sides, and closed his eyes as tightly as he could. I walked into the room and nearly fell to the floor laughing. This kid who was about three or four was just too cute. Apparently he believed that as long as he couldn’t see anybody else, they couldn’t see him either.

Sometimes I feel like those who deny that God exists, and those who would deny the divinity of Christ, are just like that little boy with his eyes squeezed tightly shut. Perhaps it is just my memory embellishing the story but I am pretty sure that when Isaac (Isaac, if it wasn’t you but one of your brothers, I apologize) heard me laughing he tried to shut his eyes even tighter. Something in him knew I was there, but perhaps if he just tried a little harder to shut me out, I wouldn’t be there anymore. He was displaying a perfect example of willful ignorance of the truth.

React: A key reason why Jesus came was to reveal to us God. We couldn’t see God, so God came down to us. He met us right where we are and showed Himself to us. Because of Jesus, nobody has an excuse. We can know exactly what God is like because God Himself came down and lived among us. He ate with us and walked and talked with us. He taught us about the Father. He demonstrated the Father’s heart through His acts of compassion climaxing with the cross. He revealed His power through the miracles and ultimately through the resurrection. Because of Jesus, we can know God. Yet still some of us stand there in His presence, like a willful child, closing our eyes and hoping He will go away.

Respond: 

God, You are real. You are here. You have come. But sometimes, with eyes shut tight, I chose to ignore Your presence. You have revealed what is right, just, and true. But sometimes I don’t want to see it. I would rather live in willful ignorance. Help me to open my eyes. All around me there are others who are also living in voluntary blindness. Help me to love them as You love them. Help me to speak Your truth with love and respect, knowing that it is only Your revelation that can bring light to the darkness. Let me reflect You. Let me shower Your love until they open their eyes. When they do, let them see You.

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35 thoughts on “With Eyes Shut Tight (John 1:18)

    • impossible ,c’est le beau monde qui nous entoure qui reflète l’image de dieu-jesus est un prophète comme moise mahomet david….c’est de la folie de prendre quelqu’un qui nait et qui meurt pour un dieu .posez cette question :qui a crée jesus

      • Nobody created Jesus. He was with God, he was God in the beginning. (John 1:1) It was Jesus who created everything (John 1:3) Jesus was born, yet he also claimed to exist before Abraham (John 8:58) Jesus died, yet he lives forever (Revelation 1:18)

      • We might nuance the answer to the question “Who created Jesus?” by saying that Jesus, per se, was born and therefore “created.” However, the eternal and dynamic Word, that “one and only” part of God that was in the beginning, and is described as “logos,” was not created. He always has been.

  1. You Christians are wrong in your argument that Christ God or Christ is the Son of God, because Christ is nothing but human beings chosen by God as a prophet and made ​​him one of the senders and when it came the people to kill the Christ came out like Christ to them killing him either Jesus Christ, Allah raised him, and will come down to earth in the last time with Imam Mahdi to liberate and support Islam and the right and kill the Antichrist will be at the hands of our Lord Jesus, peace be upon him

    • I recommend the book “Antichrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah”, by Joel Richardson. He compares characters in the end times. The Christians’ Anti-christ corresponds eerily well to Islam’s Mahdi, and Islam’s end-times Jesus (Isa) corresponds to Christianity’s The False Prophet. And Christianity’s end-times Jesus corresponds to Islam’s Dajjal (their Antichrist). Fascinating stuff.

      • I read the Islamic antichrist a few years back. Wasn’t impressed with it. I don’t remember the details but I remember thinking he is really stretching the facts to fit his thesis.

  2. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    قل هو الله احد الله الصمد لم يلد ولم يولد ولم يكن له كفؤا احد

  3. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    وإلهُكُم إلهٌ واحدٌ لا إله إلاّ هُوَ الرحمنُ الرحيم
    سورة البقرة
    الم اللهُ لا إلهَ إلاّ هو الحيُّ القيّومُ نزّلَ عليْكَ الكتابَ بالحقِّ مُصدِّقاً لِما بيْنَ يديْهِ
    وأنزل التوراةََ والإنجيلَ منْ قبلُ هُدىً للنّاس و أنزَلَ الفُرقانَ إنَّ الذينَ كفروا بآياتِ اللهِ
    لهُم عذابٌ شديدٌ واللهُ عزيزٌ ذو انتقام
    سورة آل عمران

    إنّ اللهَ لا يَخْفى عليْهِ شيءٌ في الأرض و لا في السماءِ هو الذي يُصوِّرُكُم
    في الأرحامِ كيفَ يشاءُ لا إلهَ إلاّ هو العزيزُ الحكيمُ
    سورة آل عمران

    شَهدَ اللهُ أنَّه لا إله إلا هو والملائكةُ وأولوا العلم قائماً بالقسطِ
    لا إلهَ إلا هوَ العزيزُ الحكيمُ إنَّ الدينَ عندَ اللهِ الإسلامُ
    سورة آل عمران

    اللهُ لا إلهَ إلا هُو لَيَجْمَعَنَّكُم إلى يوم القيامةِ لا ريبَ فيه ومَنْ أصدَقُ مِنَ اللهِ حديثاً
    سورة النساء

    ذلِكُمُ اللهُ ربُّكُمْ لا إلهَ إلاّ هُوَ خالِقُ كلِّ شيءٍ فاعبدوه وهو على كلِّ شيءٍ وكيل
    سورة الأنعام

    إتّبِعْ ما أوحِيَ إليك منْ ربِّكَ لا إله إلاّ هو وأعرِضْ عنِ المشركين
    سورة الأنعام

    قُل يا أيُّها الناسُ إنّي رسولُ اللهِ إلَيْكُم جميعاً الذي لَهُ مُلْكُ السمواتِ والأرضِ
    لا إله إلاّ هُو يُحيي و يُميتُ فآمنوا باللهِ ورسولِهِ النبيِّ الأمّيِّ
    الذي يُؤمنُ باللهِ و كلماتهِ و اتَّبِِعوهُ لعلّكم تَهتدون
    سورة الأعراف

    وما أمِرُوا إلاّ ليَعْبُدوا إلهاً واحداً لا إله إلاّ هو سبحانَهُ عمّا يُشرِكون
    سورة التوبة

    فإن تولّوا فَقُلْ حسبِيَ اللهُ لا إله إلاّ هو علَيْه توكّلْتُ وهو ربُّ العرشِ العظيم
    سورة التوبة

    حتّى إذا أدركَهُ الغَرَقُ قال آمنْتُ أنّه لا إله إلاّ الذي آمنتْ بِهِ بنو إسرائيلَ
    وأنا من المسلمين
    سورة يونس

    فإن لَّم يستجيبوا لَكُم فاعلمَوا أَنَّما أُنْزل بعلمِ اللهِ وأَن لا إلهَ إلا هُو فهل أنتم مسلمون
    سورة هود

    وَهُمْ يكفُرون بالرّحمن قلْ هُوَ ربّي لا إلهَ إلا هُوَ عليهِ توكلْتُ وإليه متاب
    سورة الرعد

    ُينزّلُ الملائكةُ بالروح من أمره على من يشاءُ من عبادِهِ
    أنْ أنْذِروا أنَّه لا إله إلا أنا فاتقون
    سورة النحل

    وإنْ تَجْهَرْ بالقولِ فإنَّهُ يعلَمُ السرَّ وأَخْفى اللهُ لا إلهَ إلاّ هُوَ لَهُ الأسماءُ الحُسْنى
    سورة طه

    وأنا اختَرْتُك فاستَمِعْ لِما يوحى إنني أنا اللهُ لا إلهَ إلاّ أنا فاعْبدْني وأقِمِ الصلاةَ لِذكِرى
    سورة طه

    إنما إلهُكُمُ اللهُ الذي لا إلهَ إلا هُوَ وَسِعَ كُلَّ شيءٍ علماً
    سورة طه

    وَما أَرْسلنا مِنْ قَبْلِكِ مِنْ رَسولٍ إلاّ نوحي إليهِ أَنَهُ لا إلهَ إلاّ أَناْ فاعبُدُون
    سورة الأنبياء

    وذا النونِ إذ ذهبَ مُغاضباً فظَنَّ أَنْ لَنْ نقدِرَ عليهِ فنادى في الظُلماتِ
    أنْ لا إله إلاّ أنتَ سُبحانك إنيّ كنتُ من الظالمين
    سورة الأنبياء

    فتعالى اللهُ الملكُ الحقُّ لا إله إلاّ هُوَ ربُ العرشِ الكريم
    سورة المؤمنون

    ويعلم ما تُخفون وما تُعلنون الله لا إله إلا هو رَبُ العرش العظيم
    سورة النمل

    وَهُوَ اللهُ لا إله إلا هُوَ لَهُ الحمدُ في الأُولى والآخرةِ ولَهُ الحكُم وَإليهِ تُرْجعون
    سورة القصص

    ولا تَدْعُ مع اللهِ إلهاً آخرَ لا إلهَ إلاّ هوَ كلُّ شيءٍ هالِكٌ إلاّ وَجْهَهُ لَهُ الحكمُ وإليه تُرجَعون
    سورة القصص

    يا أيُها الناسُ أذكُروا نعمةَ اللهِ عليكُمْ هَل مِنْ خالقٍ غيرُ اللهِ يرزُقُكُم
    مِنَ السماءِ و الأرض لا إله إلاّ هُوَ فأنّى تُؤفَكون
    سورة فاطر

  4. I’m more than intrigued to find you blogging through John, as we are beginning a seriously exegetical study of John now. Our jumping-off point is chapters 8-10 (height of the Jews/Messiah conflict), and we’ll be there for a few weeks, then coming back to the prologue and moving through more sequentially. I’ll be checking back for devotional thoughts from your site here and there. Here is the address of one of my prior John blogs: http://blcasey.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/a-very-good-place-to-restart/

    • Well, I’ll be in John all year. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to throw in your comments and thoughts as you see fit. Your link is a good one.

    • It is your right, Bilal, to believe that. The name or label for the creator is not so much my concern, although I am personally not comfortable calling to “Allah” since I know of nothing authoritative that refers to Him with that name.

      I do sincerely hope you come to accept that the prophet Jesus of Galilee, the one and only eternal Prince of Peace, who was God-living-in-flesh for approximately 30 years about two millennia ago, is deity, as well. His eternal being pre-dated His earthly life, and to substantiate that He was one with the Father God, He showed many documentable proofs during His earthly existence. He came to unite all who will believe and accept His covenant. Ultimately, because of Him and in Him, nothing else in the past matters — gender or ethnic background or religious affiliation, for instance. No one will attempt to force you to accept this, but we plead with you. If you have never read one of the four attested “gospels,” I would recommend that you start with either Mark or John.

      At some point, when confronted with the historical Jesus, one must decide whether He was a liar, crazy man, or really who He claimed to be and who many in His time believed He was.

      This will likely be my only comment on this matter. I will leave it to you to decide, hoping you consider my plea.

  5. Wow! You’re already doing what I want to be able to do. I can see why you have such a large following. Also in that funny language I see. (Can I translate it?)

  6. This is a fantastic post. Even extra biblical literary work attests to the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ such as Mara bar Serapion, Tacitus (AD 56-120), Pliny the Younger (AD 61-113), Suetonius (AD 120), Life of Claudius 25.4 etc. We serve a LIVING Savior with a name that is above every name. His blood overcomes the enemy and speaks better things. Amen and Amen.

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