Friday, August 7, 2015
We Want to See Jesus
Daily reading: John 12:20-33
August 7, 2015
Focus scripture: They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made a request, "Sir, we want to see Jesus." John 12:21
Much of our call to follow Jesus doesn’t reside in the realm of feeling comfortable.
There is great challenge presented in following.
And when those seeking Jesus, see him, they don’t get a watered down version of the gospel message,they don’t even get a simple bumper sticker statement like“the kingdom of God has come near, repent.”
They don’t observe Jesus doing something amazing. Jesus doesn’t heal a paralytic or a blind man. He doesn’t miraculously feed 5,000 or cross some taboo religious boundary by talking to the unclean or heaven forbid touching them.
No Jesus goes into much depth into what it means to see him and maybe it isn’t short and quick
because after all we are in John’s gospel and quite frankly there is nothing short and quick in John’s gospel.
While he uses a lot of words,one thing is clear;his focus is on the cross. In order to see Jesus we have to look at the cross and understand crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. How do you share the story of God's amazing love for the entire world?
Do you water it down, or speak from your heart?
Take time today to think about why it is you follow Jesus. When have you experienced his presence in your life. That is where you start with sharing with others how Jesus has impacted your life.
Prayer: God help me to see Jesus today. Amen.
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