What does He see?
Acts 25:25 “I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.”
Festus had looked into the accusations against Paul and spent time with him and found nothing deserving his death of which the Jewish mob had demanded.
The enemy of Paul had failed.
On a much lesser level perhaps we all need to realise the failure of our constant accuser of our life. John in Revelation (12:10-11) says he accuses day and night. Can you imagine waking up today having had a restless night with condemning thoughts and then going through the day having doubts about your abilities and who you are? And can you imagine in all of that trying to be the best you can be for others, yourself and for God?
I want to give you 2 important words from this verse that jumped out at me when I read it this morning. A verse that Festus speaks but he uses two words that belong to God: I found …
When God looks at you, when He investigates you, what does he find?
One of the most destructive events in the Bible, the plague on Egypt, was prevented from coming on the people of God because of the blood that was on their houses. But see this:
Exodus 12:13. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
When I see the blood. 12:23. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
When I see the blood, it doesn’t say when you see it. It is what God finds on you. He finds the sacrifice of His Son. He finds His righteousness placed on you. He finds no condemnation. He finds grace, mercy, forgiveness.
Colossians 3:3 “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
What people find is immaterial. What your enemies find matters not. Even what you may find in your self-condemnatory life does not count. It is what HE finds that counts.
I do love Chris Tomlins song ‘Indescribable’. It is a song that is trying to describe the indescribable God. He is high, He is deep, no one can fathom Him, He is uncontainable, all powerful, untameable and we are awestruck. However, it is almost the last line of the song which I particular value: “You see the depths of my heart and you love me the same”. YOU SEE. That is the point. Our faith needs to be on what He sees.
If we lived our life on what He sees and what He finds and not what we know and what the accuser says then maybe we will live better and perhaps the many decisions of life will be easier.
Festus saw and found nothing. Our Father in heaven sees and finds the blood of Christ, we are hidden in Him!