‘In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour’ Hebrews 2.8-9
This verse sums up one of the great mysteries of our faith, namely that Jesus is Lord of all, yet around us things happen which seem to be outside his Lordship. Jesus is Lord – and yet this is often not what we see. However, this verse also offers a response to this dilemma, which is to fix our eyes on what we can see – Jesus. Yet even this presents a problem: we don’t see Jesus – if only we could!
Perhaps the writer to the Hebrews is inviting us to see Jesus through different eyes. First, we have the eyes of scripture which provide us with visions of the reality of heaven. Jesus is portrayed as crowned and glorified and this is what we need to hold on to every day, alongside all that we receive through our normal senses. We also have the eyes of our imagination. It is not that we are called to imagine Jesus, but rather that when he gives us a picture in our mind, it is in the realm of the imagination that it is received.
How we perceive Jesus is of less importance than our ability to hold on to our vision of him in the midst of the circumstances around us. There may be situations in your life right now where you do not see any evidence of Jesus as Lord, in which case ask him for a different vision of the situation. He may lead you to a vision revealed in the Bible or he could show you something quite different. Keep your eyes on Jesus.