8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, 11inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. 12It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look! (1 Peter 1:8b-12, NRSV)
This is what I was talking about in the last devotional. Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing. We have seen Jesus because we believe in the promises and the stories we have heard.
The truth of the promises overtake us and we believe with no discernable proof of the whole thing. But it goes back to that line from the Santa Claus 2, where Santa’s son Charlie is explaining to his high school principal that his father is Santa and that it is hard for adults to believe in Santa and the North Pole because we can not see it, but little children just believe, and therefore it is real to them.
Is Jesus real to you?
Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing!