"But him they saw not." - Luke 24:24
Mark, my soul, what is here said. Though Jesus sought out his disciples
in the morning of his resurrection, and was found of them that sought
him not; yet many saw him not, while he was thus gracious to many that
looked not for him. So is it now. Many, like those women, have seen the
sepulchre, as it were, of Jesus, heard his word; nay, many saw his body
when on earth, yet saw not God in Christ in him. "The grace of God,"
saith the apostle, "hath appeared unto all, men;" that is, the gospel
grace is preached in common before believers and unbelievers; but
believers only see Jesus as the wisdom and the power of God for
salvation; of others it may be said, as here, "but him they see not."
Oh precious Jesus, give me to see thee as the Sent and Sealed of the
Father, that my soul may have such a saving sight and knowledge of thee
as the apostle had, which flesh and blood cannot reveal, but the Father
only which is in heaven. Oh heavenly Father! give me the Spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of thy dear Son; and do by me as
by Paul, reveal thy Son in me.