"Open our eyes, Lord / We want to see Jesus / To reach out and touch Him" and "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord / I want to see You." We sing of our desire to see Jesus in our contemporary worship music.
In Bible times, people longed to see Jesus. John 12:20, 21 tells us, "There were certain Greeks among them that ... came therefore to Philip ... and desired of him, 'Sir, we would see Jesus.'" A tax collector named Zaccheus had such a desire to see Jesus that he climbed a tree to get a good view as He passed by (Luke 19:2-4).
The ability to see Jesus has always held an attraction for people. But in our present day, many people think that Jesus isn't available to be seen, or that He is somehow hidden from view. Is wanting to see Jesus just wishful thinking? No! Since we have this heart cry, let's not shrink back and think that Jesus isn't seeable. We can see Him.
One way we can see Jesus is in visions. Once, when we were having a home prayer meeting, I saw Jesus coming down a ladder into our living room. He proceeded to lay His hands on each one of us to anoint us to pray. Another time, I saw Him appear very tall in the room where we were praying. It was like He was revealing that He was bigger than any problem we were facing. I did not see these visions with my natural eyes; they appeared in my spirit. But they were just as real as if I had seen them with my eyes. At times people do not realize they are having a vision, because what they see may be just like a photo snapshot in their mind's eye. It is still a message from heaven.
We see Jesus working behind the scenes in ways other than visions. Suppose you are looking for a job. You pray and then receive a job. Jesus can be "seen" in that answer to prayer. Or, maybe you are praying to be healed. Once again, the answer is in "seeing" Jesus, by faith, as your healer.
John 3:3 says, "Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." If you are born again, you can see Jesus, the King of the Kingdom. Let's leave our doubts behind and believe that Jesus is visible to Christians today. Usually when we see Him, it is a surprise to us. He breaks into our space and manifests Himself at unexpected moments.
It isn't a strange thing after all to see Jesus. He wants to make Himself known to you. Be ready to see Him.