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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Everybody Wants To See Him

The coming of Christ caused people to want to see Him. Luke 2:15 says, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." Simeon and Anna were both drawn to see the baby Jesus, and desired to see Him. The wise men made a long journey in order to be able to see the newborn King. As Jesus grew, and entered into his ministry, the interest in seeing Him spread all around Him. Philip told Nathaniel about Him. Nathaniel was skeptical and said, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Andrew brought Peter to see Jesus, which changed Peter's life forever. How can we see Jesus today? He is not with us in the flesh. We cannot see Him with our eyes, so how can we see Him now? Jesus gave us the answer to this question in John 12. Certain Greeks came to Philip and asked him saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip told Andrew, and then together they told Jesus. But Jesus did not invite the Greeks to come see him. This happened just about one week before the cross. Jesus said, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." Jesus is talking about Himself, saying that unless He dies and is buried, He will not rise again, and bring forth the harvest of salvation for which He was sent. But Jesus doesn't stop there. He speaks to all of us saying, "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor." In other words, Jesus' answer to the Greeks, and to us, is that we must give our lives to Jesus, and as we lose our lives in following Him, then we will be where He is. We will see Him in our lives, and we will be with Him, and He will be with us. We will see God's honor and favor upon us if we serve Him. We do see Jesus in our lives today as we follow Him. We do see Jesus, as Heb. 2:9 says, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." We do see Jesus, and we can keep looking to Him, as Heb. 12:2 says, "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." Look unto Jesus, serve Him, follow Him, and you will see Him alive in your life!

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