In His Eyes

Luke 2:6-20 (NIV)

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Lyrics

VERSE 1

In His eyes, I see a light

In His eyes, there is no longer night

How can He be fully man and King?

In His eyes, there is beauty unknown

In His eyes, perfection is shown

When He smiles at me, my heart skips a beat

 

CHORUS

Lift up your voice and sing

Our earth’s receiving her King 

So gentle and small 

Yet ruler of all

Heaven and earth gather ‘round to

A star in the east they have found

He is alive

And there’s love in His eyes

 

VERSE 2

In His eyes, eternity reigns

In His eyes, I feel unashamed

All fears have ceased, my joy’s complete

In His eyes, I’m finally found

In His eyes, I’m rid of this cursed ground

Free from chains, because He came, so 

 

CHORUS

Lift up your voice and sing

Our earth’s receiving her King 

So gentle and small 

Yet ruler of all

Heaven and earth gather ‘round to

A star in the east they have found

He is alive

And there’s love in His eyes, with heavenly hosts sing

 

BRIDGE 1 [2X]

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

He’s alive

 

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Glory to God in the Highest

 

BRIDGE 2

Heaven has come to this earth

And Heaven’s reversing our curse

The Messiah our Lord 

Come and adore Him 

The enemy trembles and fears

For this child has finally appeared 

Bringing life to us all

So we bow down and worship our King 

 

BRIDGE 3 [2X]

Jesus, King

Jesus    

Savior of man, O

Jesus, King

Jesus    

Born in Bethlehem (so)

 

CHORUS

Lift up your voice and sing

Our earth’s receiving her King 

So gentle and small 

Yet ruler of all

Heaven and earth gather ‘round to

A star in the east they have found

He is alive

And there’s love in His eyes

 

Outro [4X]

I won’t look away 

I just want to stay

In this moment

In Your presence

 

(last time)

Looking into Your eyes

Image by Greyson Joralemon

Dive Deeper

 
Image by Jeremy Thomas

 “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:4-7

 

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’

 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:13-20

 

          Can you see him? The tiny form of a newborn baby cradled in his mother’s arms: two brown little arms and two brown little legs swaddled tightly in the cloths his mama saved just for this moment; a little pink mouth already opening and closing as he voices his needs in small and big cries - and also as he learns to drink of the life-giving milk his mother provides; dark hair already showing or maybe still waiting to appear on his naked little head; and two tiny little dark eyes that squint open for just a moment, taking in little beams of light for the first time.

 

          Jesus: The Savior of every man, woman, and child, come as a little baby. Human in every way possible and yet with divinity flowing through his veins and into every cell. 

 

          It will take a few weeks before his eyes will start to recognize the faces of his earthly father and mother. By then, his mother will have gazed into his eyes countless times herself as she learns and memorizes the array of expressions coming from his face. 

 

          As he grows, his eyes not only recognize his mother in an instant, but also seek her and find safety, security, comfort, play and his needs met as his mother’s own gaze meets his, and she moves towards him. As her eyes find his, she pauses a moment, treasuring up the delight he brings her as she ponders the place that her son will have in eternity.  

 

          It will not be too long before the roles will start to reverse… before she will find her eyes seeking out his for security, peace, and comfort where he once looked for hers. It will not be long before he will be the one to move towards her with tenderness in his own eyes as he reassures her that her needs will be met and of the delight that he and his Father find in her. Even as he approached death on the cross, his eyes sought her out:

 

          “when Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:25-27

 

         It is these same steady, strong, sure eyes that are gazing on each of us with immense love and delight, as well. It is these same eyes that we can turn our own gaze to and find deep, satisfying peace, even when dark storms of confusion, chaos and pain cloud our own world. And it is most assuredly these eyes that will have us captivated as we see our precious Jesus face to face someday…

 

          “When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.” Revelation 1:12-16

 

          Oh, Jesus, we gaze on your beauty and wonder, we look deep into your eyes, and we find the deep security, reassurance, comfort, and peace that can only be found in you. We sit at your feet, rest in your presence, and lift up our own songs of praise and worship for you: the only worthy one, our King Jesus. Open our eyes to Truth as we seek you in each page of your Word, longing to see you clearly. 

 

Questions for Reflection

  1. What do you feel when you look into the eyes of another person? Imagine then what it would feel like to look into the eyes of Jesus. 

  2. What situation(s) in your life do you spend a lot of time looking at oneself rather than looking to Jesus in? Look to Jesus in these situations and ask Him to show you how He would use it, not why He would use it.

  3. Pray the prayer at the end of this dive deeper 3 times to allow it to sink in. 

Hidden Features

Biblical Point of View(s):

Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and the

Heavenly Hosts (angels)

Musical Explanation:

  • This song is the first time you hear more than one voice in a song.

        This song begins as a duet showing the relationship and bond

        between Mary and Joseph as parents. 

  • The song beings with Mary singing and then Joseph. The passing of the melody is symbolic of them taking turns holding Jesus in their arms and looking into His eyes and singing about what they see. They sing of different attributes they see in Jesus, similar to how their relationship with Jesus will be different. 

  • As the song progresses you hear numerous voices join in the great culmination as Heaven and Earth gathering around the major. First you hear a chorus of women who represent the angels of Heaven gathering to the manger. Second you hear male tenors joining in representing the shepherds coming to see Jesus. Third, you hear male basses joining in to represent the wise men coming to the major. 

  • The song builds to the third bridge “Jesus, King Jesus, Savior or man. Jesus, King Jesus, born in Bethlehem”. This Chorus Is the height of the song and also the point where everyone has finally gathered around Jesus and are worshiping the savior of the world. 

  • At the end of the song Mary sings the melody “I won’t look away, I just want to stay, in this moment, in your presence, looking into your eyes”. This same theme is sung again by Mary in It is Finished in the very last line of the song. Mary sings 

  • “I won’t pull away” which shows her immense desire to be near to God/Jesus just as she is singing in this song as well as Pull Me a Little Closer. 

How to sing:

This song is to be sung with an immense feeling/sense of awe. Imagine the awe and wonder in the moment a child is born. Imagine those little eyes looking up at you and the five small fingers wrapping around only one of your own. Think of the tenderness in this moment. This song is about the great culmination and gathering around Jesus Christ; the very one the entire story of scripture is built around! As you listen to/sing this song, listen/sing with the joy of e receiving the greatest gift in the world, Jesus Christ. As you listen to/sing this song, listen/sing with an understanding of God’s beauty, mercy, justice, omnipotence, holiness, etc.

In His Eyes