Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” John 12:20-21 (NIV)
Some worshippers from outside of the chosen tribe come and want to see Jesus. We who read the Bible are given a precious insight into how things are handled by our God. When we read, do we see this? When we study, do we stop to marvel? Or do we plod along dutifully behind the crowd? Do we gratefully accept another person´s opinion and take it for our own? Are we glad someone else did our seeing for us? In this way, can we save having to dig into the matter personally? Can we just listen to a source that we trust? We can imagine our hearts are lifted. We can bolster our resolve because others believe as we do. But are we truly making progress in the spiritual side of life? Are we really getting anywhere by following this tendency to a simpler path? Will this easier way get us anywhere if we want to see Jesus?
When we read of these Greeks who came to ask if they could meet Jesus, what response do we find? Have we taken the time to look for it? Could we take that time now? What do we see?
Does it seem that Jesus goes in a completely different direction? When they ask for permission to see Him, what does Jesus talk about? Does He give them the permission they are asking for? Or does He direct their attention to what God is doing? Does He point our eyes above this earthly scene? Does He talk about what is happening in the Spiritual Realms? Could this be an error? Did the writer get something wrong in the Bible? Or could this be a significant part of actually finding what is really important? If we want to truly see Jesus, might we need to begin to understand a little of how Jesus teaches? Will we need to get our eyes off of ourselves and our situations? Will we need to place our attention and our focus on God? Will we need to lift our souls up into realms where we ourselves don´t normally go? Must we offer them all the Way up to the Lord?
Jesus goes on to teach. In His response He talks about His successful payment for our separation from the will of God. He speaks of His death and resurrection. He talks about seeds. He talks of losing life to actually gain it. His words may seem to point in a completely different direction, but do they? Are these important discoveries we may each need to make in our hearts if we want to see Jesus? Many who ask to see Him do not really care to take the time to meditate on these facets of belief in Jesus. They might not care to know Him this intimately. They might not really want to see how their relationship with Him could benefit by knowing Him this personally. Do we think this kind of seeker will see much of Jesus? Will God peel back the clouds of unknowing to those who do not take the time to let Jesus whisper these uplifting discoveries to their hearts?
Could it be time we all go back to our knees? Could we all benefit from a special season of prayer? Could we sit down with our Saviour and let Him teach us of His Word? Would He open our eyes further if we do? If we got this serious about our wishes to see Him, would He show us more of the wonderful vision of Him? Is this what we seek now? Who wants to see Jesus today?
Dear Jesus, we too ask to see You! Turn our attention upward! Set our focus in the mystic heights! Lift our hearts up to God! Then show us the wonders of the Lord! Show us God´s love! Show us His Son! Show us our Saviour Jesus Christ today! We want to see You!