Things Unseen

“looks at” invisibility — I see what you did there
“I see what you did there” — hey, cut that out

I’m a Christian, and sometimes a teacher/preacher.

This sermon looks at invisibility.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Unsearchable Things

Call to me and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)

As the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. (Longfellow)

Oh, the deep riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, his paths beyond tracing. (Romans 11:33)

He does great and unsearchable wonders without number. (Job 5:9)

Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! His greatness is unsearchable. (Psalms 145:3)


Yesterday upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
Oh, how I wish he’d go away.
(Hughes Mearns, Antigonish, 1899)

When you pray, enter into your inner chamber, shut your door and pray to your Father in secret. When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so your fasting will not be obvious to men, but only to your Father, who is unseen. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6, 17-18)

Now You See Me

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Jesus. At that moment he disappeared! (Luke 24:31)

Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Dumb Invisibility Jokes
Why did the invisible man look in the mirror? To make sure he still wasn’t there.
The invisible man never had friends as a child, due to disappear pressure.
The invisible man wanted children, but he wasn’t apparent.
The invisible man and invisible woman married, but their children are nothing to look at.
The invisible man and woman divorced due to infidelity. They weren’t seeing someone else.
I invited the invisible man to my Halloween party, but he never showed up.
If God made us in his image, why aren’t we invisible?
I discovered a formula for invisibility. All I need to do now is find the paper I wrote it on.
They laughed when I told them I’d learn the secret of invisibility. If they could only see me now.
I spilled some spot remover on my dog. Now I can’t find him.
I bought an invisible fence so my invisible dog doesn’t run away.
Do biker ghosts get tattoos in invisible ink?
“Doctor, there is an invisible man in the waiting room.” “Tell him I can’t see him now.”
These invisibility jokes just keep getting cornea and cornea.
I should have seen that coming.

Now You Don’t

We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever. (1 Timothy 1:17)

Invisible Creation

The Son is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen. (Colossians 1:15-16)

The universe was formed at God’s command; what is seen was made out of unseen. (Hebrews 11:3)

Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

Unseen Wisdom

Through faith Noah, being divinely taught about things unseen, reverently obeyed and built an ark for the safety of his family. By this act he condemned the world, and became heir to the righteousness which depends on faith. (Hebrews 11:7)

By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:27)

Since ancient times no ear has heard, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4) 

Unseen Enemies

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

You used to live in sin, like the rest of the world, obeying the devil – the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. (Ephesians 2:2)

Unseen Allies

Elisha’s servant went outside the next morning and saw troops, horses, and chariots everywhere.
“Oh, sir, what will we do now?” he cried to Elisha.
“Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” the prophet answered.
Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”
Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17)