Seeing or Perceiving?
“He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into another country.” The seemingly serendipitous appearances of Jesus following His resurrection hold powerful meaning to those who can perceive the moments.
For forty days He is appearing and disappearing to His followers. He appears to a woman in a garden, to men behind locked doors, to men by the sea, in this particular instance He appears to two men that walked with Him for an estimated seven miles without recognizing Him. The context of these appearances discloses the importance of perception.
When He appears to Mary in the garden she mistakes Him for a gardener and asked Him if knew what they had done with His body. When He spoke her name her perception that had been blurred by the trauma of His death was altered to recognize Him.
She had supposed Him to be the gardener. She was truly surprised by the supposition. In truth He was THE Gardner. Because everything had started in a garden with Adam and Eve and now was being completed in a garden.
In the case of the two men He appeared too “their eyes were holden that they should not know him” Luke 24:16. As with Mary their perception was limited due to previous experience.
Our perception is not necessarily reality. Perception is the lens through which we interpret the world around us. What we call reality might be merely looking through a peep hole when we could stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon left breathless and dizzy by a vista that is surreal to the senses. It has been said that when we change the way we see things, the things we see will change. Most of what we call real is more an information induced illusion. Have you read about Quantum Faith by Annette Capps?
Jesus appeared in a “form” that was foreign to them. The “in-form-ation” that they had about Him to this point precluded their ability to see Him in a new dimension. Information unconsciously conditions us over time. Concrete is poured into forms so that it takes the shape desired mason. In a matter of hours it is set an immovable. Mind sets are the same. What we have known can hinder us from what we can know.
It is interesting that He appeared to them as they walked. Obviously in the first century world the means of travel was primarily walking. Maybe there is more to this encounter than just that it happened while they were walking. The pace or gait of every person is different depending on your height, weight, age etc. The implication is that He appears to them and is in sync with the pace in which they were walking.
He still seeks to appear to us in the individual and unique rhythms of our life to reveal Himself to us in new ways. From the beginning in Genesis His approach to us is described as “the voice of the Lord walking in the cool of the day” Genesis 3:8. The phrase “cool of the day” is better translated the spirit of the day.
To perceive the presence of the Lord we need the depth perception to recognize the spiritual dullness of each day, and the way He appears to us in forms that we may not have had a previous frame of reference for. This all happened as they were on their way to “another country.” To leave the similarity of our mundane surroundings we have to continue to walk and stay in pace to perceive the path that only He knows. My eyes maybe open; my mouth engaged in meaningless chatter, my body in constant motion and still not be fully conscious.
Seeing and perceiving are not synonymous. Perception occurs when I am looking through the lens of His reality. Portals that take us from unconsciousness into the divinely obvious are just a perception away.
Can you see Jesus in your husband, children, co-workers, and your servants?Greet them and see as the Master see’s them.
Acknowledge the next person with a warm smile and perceive the blessing.
Preach at all times, if necessary use words.