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April 13, 2014


Seeing Jesus

On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.” 14 Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, 15 “FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY’S COLT.” 16 These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him. 17 So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him. 18 For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.” 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; 21 these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:12-21)

The occasion of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at feast-time must have been quite a sight. There was not just the normal convergence of many people in the city for the feast; there was a coming together of those who were enemies of Jesus, those who were seekers of a Messiah, those who were disciples of Jesus as the Messiah, those who were select apostles, and Jesus, the Son of God. There was also a collision—a collision of purposes. The spiritual purpose of Jesus collided with the earthly expectations of so many.

That day also brought together many varied ethnic and national backgrounds. The twentieth verse of the above text tells of some who were Greeks that had come because of the feast. These men may have been Greek proselytes. They may have been grecian Jews. They may have been pagan Greeks who had heard of Jesus’ mighty works. In any event, they wanted to see Jesus. There are many today who want to see Jesus as well.

People should see Jesus in His disciples. Looking at the text, it is plain to see that these Greeks saw something in Philip—something that caused them to ask him—one man among thousands—about Jesus. Scripture doesn’t tell us why, but it is not hard to reach a logical conclusion: something about Philip, whether word or deed or both, let them know that he knew Jesus. They also knew that he could provide an answer in their quest.

In all of that hustle and bustle of feast time, these men saw Philip and asked for his assistance. Will people notice us as these men did Philip? Do people take note that we know Jesus? How can people see Jesus in our daily lives?

People should see Jesus in our …
Knowledge of Scripture

People are interested in true representation of Scripture. Though the world around us seems to care little, there are still those who seek the truth of God’s word. They seek those who are students of Scripture. Jesus was a student of Scripture and He showed it. He showed it answering the devil (Matthew 4:4,7,10). He showed it in His teaching (Just for an example, begin reading in Matthew 5). He showed it when answering His detractors (Matthew 22:29-33).

We should know Scripture that we may be able to solve problems of life. We should know Scripture that we may be able to teach others, too (Matthew 28:19,20; 1Corinthians 9:16; 1Peter 3:15).

People should see Jesus in our …
Service to God

God had a great and noble purpose. Inspired, Paul wrote that the things done by God were “in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:11). Jesus served by fulfilling this purpose—by coming to earth, giving Himself, giving the gospel, establishing His church, etc.

This service meant subjection. This service meant sacrifice (Matthew 26:39). This service meant work (John 9:4). We should serve God by helping to fulfill this same great purpose. Not that we can, by any means, be a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, but that we serve by giving ourselves to the furtherance of God’s plan by following His instruction. We subject ourselves to Him. We sacrifice ourselves for Him. We work in His employ.

People should see Jesus in our …
Service to Man

Jesus was a servant of man. The very reason He came was to serve the needs of man (Matthew 20:28). He expects His disciples to help others as well. We should certainly help in spiritual matters, as as already been mentioned, but He expects us to watch out for one another’s needs in all respects. In fact, religion without service is condemned (Mark 7:5-13; Luke 10:25-37; James 2:14-26).

People should see Jesus in our … Moral Lives

Jesus committed no sin (1Peter 2:22; Matthew 26:59,60). We will fall short from time to time (Romans 3:23; 1John 1:8). However, we should strive to live above reproach so that all may see good works to the glory of God (Matthew 5:14-16).

People are curious to see Jesus. Some want us to bring them to Him. Much depends upon the sermon we preach, that is, the life we live. Paul well understood what his earthly life was to be. Exalt Christ, whether by life or by death (Philippians 1:19,20).

Now, the questions again with which we began: Will people notice that I know Jesus? Do people see Jesus in me?

S Scott Richardson Sr.

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