Jesus’ disciples were with Him daily. John described their time together. 1 John 1:1 Amplified says, “(We are writing) about the Word of Life (in) Him Who existed from the beginning, Whom we have heard, Whom we have seen with our (own) eyes, Who we have gazed upon (for ourselves) and have touched with our own hands.”
They heard His voice, saw and touched Him physically, and gazed upon Him. Therefore when He declared to them that He was going away, they were understandably sad.
I wonder what they felt like when He explained His reason. John 16:7 says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
It is through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we are empowered to do the work He has called us to do. Jesus’ warning and encouragement to them is the same for us. Verse 33 says, “…in the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We endure our trials through abiding, beholding, and gazing. The Lord taught Moses this discipline, who also modeled it for Joshua. Exodus 33:8-9 says that Moses went into the tabernacle, while all the children of Israel watched from their tent door.
Verse 11 says, “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.”
Joshua learned how to lead the children of Israel through his time with the Lord. Are you learning the lessons the Lord has for you through your time of abiding, beholding, and gazing?
Gazing imbues us with the strength we need to endure. Moses is our example. Hebrews 11:27 Amplified says, “(Motivated) by faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible.”