Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Why is a Jesus sighting so important? It’s because a Jesus sighting means that you have seen a work of God or heard a word from God. This continually happens with Jesus.
This is why Nicodemus, one of the most significant religious leaders of his time, came to Jesus: Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Nicodemus was highly motivated to go see Jesus to investigate him, because of what he had seen and heard from Jesus. We find Nicodemus after the death of Jesus, being helpful in his burial.
In the first chapter of John, there are several original Jesus sightings by the early disciples. John saw Jesus and pointed out Jesus to Andrew. Andrew quickly went to his brother, Peter. Then, The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:44-51
These early disciples saw and heard Jesus as he was and were highly motivated to leave their professions and follow him. There was also a blind man named Bart, just outside of Jericho. When he heard that Jesus was passing through, he yelled out to get Jesus’ attention. Those who were walking along with Jesus tried to quiet him down. Jesus heard him, asked for him and then said a most amazing thing to blind Bart: “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. Mark 10
For blind Bart this was a major Jesus sighting. First, he had seen Jesus by faith, by what he had heard about him. Second, he was able to physically see Jesus with new eyes. He, too, began following Jesus. All of these people were doing their best to see Jesus and were rewarded for it. If you want to see Jesus, search him out. He’s actively speaking and doing things near you.