Seen, I Have Seen
Stephen is on trial for his life. His face is as the face
of an angel, as he expresses God’s love for His people.
It is as if the Lord is speaking directly through him, pleading
for them to respond, to notice His heart, desiring to deliver.
Stephen expresses what is not written in the account in Exodus,
for there, the words “I have seen” are only mentioned
“I have seen, I have seen, the affliction of My people
which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am
come down to deliver them.” Acts 7:34
The people did not comprehend. They were too involved in
defending their “faith” to hear the voice of God
through His servant. The “Cross” is the revelation
of God’s love to all who are afflicted by sin, sickness,
and oppression. He has “come down” to deliver
us. The people who heard Stephen were outraged at the suggestion
that they, or their fathers, were responsible for the death
of Jesus. However, they missed the point, as this same spirit
I have “seen,” I have “heard,” I
am “come down.” It was not hate that put Jesus
on the cross. Rather, it was “Love.” Jesus came
as the “Lamb of God” for the express purpose of
going to the Cross. It is not a question of “who”
is to blame. We were all bound by sin, and are the reason
for His “coming down” to bring deliverance.
Because the Father loves each of us, He permitted the crucifixion
of Jesus, for both Jew and Gentile.
“I have seen, I have seen.” Lord, help each of
us to see.