John Barnett Discover the Book Daily Devotional
<< Discover the Book, with Dr. John Barnett

Discover the Book - June 6, 2008

  • 2008 Jun 06

Christ’s Risen and Glorified Omniscience


When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.

—Mark 6:47-48, emphasis added


As we see Christ’s risen and glorified omniscience—His infinite understanding and insight with his “eyes like a flame of fire”—it is a reminder that He can truly see us wherever we are (Revelation 1:14c)!

What did Jesus do on earth? In His omniscience, He always knew where His disciples were and what they needed. (See also Matthew 14:22-33 and John 6:15-21.) Jesus Christ’s laser-like eyes penetrated through the storms of His disciples’ lives that threatened them with darkness, clouds, and overwhelming difficulties. His eyes saw right into the depths of their souls, and all that they were thinking and feeling. But He did not stop there; He faithfully and lovingly met with them in their times of need.

What is Jesus doing now? Jesus is still meeting His children in their storms and weaknesses—when they are feeling “at the end of themselves.” Do you realize that such dark periods can actually be our best times? How is that possible? That is not only when He is the closest, but it is also when we get to experience Him. Although He couldn’t get any closer than He already is, we become more aware of His presence when we are in trouble and struggling.

This glorified and risen Christ, with His eyes of fire, knows our every fear, every weakness, and every detail of our lives so that He can truly help us. So we should … come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16, emphasis added).

A little later in our study of Revelation, we will see Jesus talking to the church in Laodicea, saying, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). Holman Hunt’s famous painting of Jesus rapping against a door is still in the British Art Gallery; it is one of the most beautiful of biblical paintings. His picture portrays only Jesus’ head with Him listening and knocking on the door. The curious thing about that picture is that there is no handle on the outside. Why? Because Jesus wants us to open the door of our hearts and let Him in!

Hebrews 4:16 tells us that He offers mercy and grace in time of need. Sometimes God comes to our rescue without being asked, but He usually waits until we call out to Him for help. Jesus wants to commune with us in our stormy periods so that He can give us His wisdom, strength, and insight. He wants us to understand “the big picture” of His plan for our lives so that we are not just down here operating on our own. His ultimate plan is to work freely in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

Through His “eyes like a flame of fire,” Jesus knows your every detail, every fear, and every weakness—and longs to help you. Will you let Him in today?


For more from Discover the Book Ministries, please visit

More Discover the Book, with Dr. John Barnett Articles